Goodness knows I love leopard. I have never met a leopard print a didn’t like and I am a firm believer in Jenna Lyons’ (praise J) adage “Leopard is a neutral.” So much so, that I have a frame print of it hanging next to my bed. True fact.
But straight up leopard can be a lot for some, and guess what, grey leopard is here for you. And yes, I spell grey with an “ey” because I’m not a heathen. Grey leopard, for when you need that patchy, naturalistic movement of leopard but either don’t have palette or the stomach (no judging, I know its not for everybody) for the real thing.
And, hey, everybody’s doing it. All these fab rooms have a grey leopard rug as a base for a rich, pattern-filled scheme, but, imagine how lovely one could look in a tonal grey or greige room with a few pops of turquoise or coral or emerald (or the accent color of your choosing – you do you).
Fabulous master bedroom by Miles Redd. A grey leopard rug works perfectly for when the richness of a Persian rug or an Aubusson or needlepoint would be too much, yet the understatement of a geometric woven or a sisal would fall flat.
Living room by Madeleine Castaign. This gorgeous room with its green walls and polished wood furniture might seem too muddy with a “regular” brown and tan leopard rug. But this cream and greige iteration keeps things more crisp.
Grey is such an awesomely versatile neutral. There’s obviously a huge craze for grey painted spaces right now – I feel like every other post or pin I see is talking about “the best greys.” My past two living rooms have both been “Gray Owl” by Benjamin Moore, and I think a tonal grey leopard carpet, contrasting against wood floors with some crisp, white millwork would look superb.
I’m not going to leave you hanging!
Here are some of the best grey leopard rugs around. Some skew a little greige, some are true grey, and some skew a little light blue – so you’re sure to find one that could work for you!