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Animal prints have always been a popular choice in interior design. They work well with a mix of design styles, but they also feel unexpected and adventurous, which is what makes them such a versatile choice. Leopard spots, zebra stripes, and even cow spots have all had their moment, and they never seem to fully go out of style. The latest animal print that’s rising in popularity again? The tortoise pattern. Dating back to ancient Greek and Roman times, tortoise became popular in home design when people used actual tortoise shells — along with other animal pelts and skins — for decoration.
Luckily, in this resurgence, tortoise patterns aren’t made out of actual shells. Instead, this mottled pattern uses gold and brown liberally to fake the look in a way that almost resembles a leopard spot. Fresh and modern, the warm tones work well in more minimalist and maximalist settings alike.
The tortoise shell pattern shines in tabletop items like barware and dining pieces, but it can also be found in other decorative accents and even accessories like eyeware and shoes. I’ve rounded up 10 of my favorite tortoise shell pieces that you can use to incorporate the classic animal print in your home. I promise — it’ll work in almost any style home.