In interiors, animal print patterns like zebra, leopard and antelope tend to take center stage. However one animal motif that’s making
a comeback is the ever so classic tortoise shell. Whether its an antique box
adorning a coffee table or a faux finish in a great cabinet, this pattern never
fails to bring that little touch of sophistication every room needs.
In this living room, a zebra patterned wallpaper creates quite the impact but it’s the tortoise shell patterned coffee table that
provides just the right amount of a graphic contrast.
In a now famous Miles Redd-decorated living room, Redd breathes new life into a vintage table with some serious decorative paint.
Bamboo modeled furniture was brought over to the Western World when Chinoiserie was becoming the fashionable taste. Tortoise shell
finishes were often applied to these pieces lending to their exoticism. This
glass front bamboo cabinet is a perfect example.
A tortoise shell wallpaper by Schumacher peeks through a cabinet in the manner of Albert Hadley. Details like lining the inside of a cabinet is a simple way to
make your accessories seem artful and curated. It’s also a great
alternative to hiring a decorative painter.
Tortoise shell finishes don’t have to be just for furniture and walls. In this office (left), a tortoise shell finish has been applied to
the ceiling, bringing warmth and a nice textural element. On the right, an easy
application wallpaper designed
by Karen Robertson creates a similar effect.
Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber had a door molding in this house decorative painted to look like tortoise shell. So subtle you almost miss it!
In this walk in closet designed by Jonathan Adler, every single surface is adorned in a tortoise shell finish. Talk about drama! While
this closet appears to be designed for a fashionable woman, we think that
tortoise shell has a very gender neutral aesthetic.