Written by Oryx
From old British colonial style to modern safari chic, bring a taste of the wild into your home with a safari-styled interior.
Capture the romance and luxury of an African safari lodge or tented camp with décor that transforms your room into a place of warmth, grandeur, simplicity, natural beauty, and eclectic inspiration.
Characterised by earthy colours, natural materials, soft textures, and low lighting, the safari style offers a relaxed and comfortable feel.
Ralph Lauren is noted for his exceptionally stylish interiors, which often feature animal prints and safari chic. Back in 1983, before major fashion houses had their own home and furniture lines, the designer launched the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, expanding his vision from menswear and womenswear to that of stylish interiors.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ralph Lauren's home collection. Customers can buy Ralph Lauren bedding, furniture, lighting, rugs, china and glassware, wall coverings, and paint, and the veteran designer has a hand in creating every product.
His approach is to design things that he himself would like. "I came at everything with a sense of how I would want to live," Lauren said in a recent interview. The line between his home collections and the interior design in his own homes is blurred. Each of his own homes features its own distinct style, each telling a different story that directly shapes his collections.
"I can just feel the vibrations and the pulse of the world out there. And yet I have a sense of my own style. I don't want to be anyone but myself," he said.
If you're looking to bring a touch of wilderness into your own home there are a few simple ideas you can incorporate to channel the safari style. To create the illusion of a luxury tented camp on the Serengeti or a safari lodge on the Masai Mara, you'll need some exotic yet tasteful items of furniture and some eclectic accessories to bring the look together.
How to capture the style:
Keep the palette neutral with natural, earthy tones and just add in a rug, cushion or chair in animal print to help achieve the feel of the Serengeti.
Pull the look together with wooden bowls, carved animal figures and picture frames, baskets, and carved candleholders. Layer a bamboo shade behind curtains, add woven textile scatter cushions to a chair or sofa, and add tribal figures or masks on a wall. A folding chair, leather strapped steam trunk, or campaign desk all look at home in a safari-style room.
Soft Power Massai necklace.
Multicolor Massai bib necklace, set with hand-painted Swarovski crystals. Box clasp closure. Rhodium-plated brass with Swarovski crystal and epoxy resin.
You can easily add banana trees, palm trees, rubber trees, and other tropical plants to your room to give it that African landscape feel.
Emphasise varied textures such as wood, leather, iron, bamboo, stone, and even grass. Linen, muslin, or mosquito netting can be hung from windows, beds, doorways, and walls to create a safari ambience.
Add a touch of status and drama with a mounted animal head to complete the look. You don't have to have the real deal; choose from wooden carvings, ceramic, fabric, and even cardboard versions of animal heads to adorn your wall.
Katie Grand Loves Hogan Tiger Trainers
These fun suede, leather, and tiger-print calf-hair sneakers from Katie Grand Loves Hogan have a practical rubber sole and are cushioned around the ankle.
Eugenia Kim Blake feather-trimmed rabbit-felt hat
Eugenia Kim's mushroom hat is expertly crafted from rabbit-felt, with a pretty pink feather to add a feminine touch.
Christopher Kane jacket
Cut with a classic biker silhouette, this tonal-grey animal-print jacket is panelled with goat hair and butter-soft leather.
Stella McCartney glasses
A quick way to add an animal print accent to your look, these Stella McCartney animal-print square-frame acetate sunglasses will transform your outfit.
Fujifilm S Series HS50EXR.
With a zoom that goes from a decent wide-angle 24mm to an exceptional 1,000mm, this is the perfect choice for safari. You can also use it as a second pair of binoculars – just take lots of spare batteries.
Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10x42 Binoculars. Named Binocular of the Year three times in a row, the Legend Ultra HD provides high-definition lines and accurately defined colours for the best view of the 'big five'.
Cardboard Safari animal trophies
Display the head of a rhino, lion, bison, and more with these animal-friendly recycled cardboard trophy heads. Display in their native brown or white or decorate with paint, glitter, wrapping paper, and other craft materials.
The Kingdon Guide to African Mammals
This interactive version of Jonathan Kingdon'sPocket Guide to African Mammals features images, distribution maps, and descriptions of over 460 species found throughout Africa and will store a list of all your sightings.
Andrew Martin Globetrotter Campaign Desk
Add a hint of colonialism to your study with this canvas trunk desk with three leather-handled drawers on a polished chrome base.