Going Wild

Photograph by Beth Singer

This season, creative types are wild about animal prints. The trend was on display at Michigan Design Center’s Celebrations event in September.

“In a complementary color palette, a small amount of unmatched animal print can go a long way,” say designers Kim Abbott and Kristen Catto Armstrong.

Adds designer David Mark Weiss: “The trick is to be careful using them. Like almost anything else in design, too much of a good thing can backfire on you.”

PHOTO: By Kristen Catto Armstrong, KCID Studio on Park, Birmingham, and Kim Abbott, Kim Abbott Inc., Traverse City. “Animal prints, leathers, and hides continue to turn up year after year in fabrics, wall coverings, furnishings, even lighting,” the designers say. “A little bit of leopard or zebra is always welcome … in a classic-modern or super-traditional setting.”