The Elephant in the Room

June 23, 2013

For anyone who knows me, they know that I’m a sucker for anything animal-related, and I was saddened to hear that African elephants have now been listed as vulnerable, while Asian elephants are considered to be endangered.

Elephants have long been regarded as a symbol of strength and wisdom, and if you like them and what they symbolise, there are ways that you can incorporate them within interior spaces that won’t negatively impact on their habitat, species numbers or fuel illegal trade. I’m not necessarily suggesting that you fill your living room with a large Banksy-esque elephant sculpture (below), but there are some subtle ways that you can incorporate elephant-related items into your home in ways that won’t dominate your living space.


For example, artworks and small figurines are a great way to introduce a subtle elephant influence to your home, and they can easily be moved and updated as needed. Not only can they complement the other design elements present (see examples below), they can also work to create a focal point and balance the design.


(image via apartment diet)


 (image via design various)


(image via simplified bee)


(image via the animal print shop)

You may have noticed that many of the images above feature elephants with their trunks pointed upwards, as superstition states that an elephant can bring good luck if its trunk is pointing upwards and may bring bad luck if facing downwards.

According to the principles of Feng Shui, it is believed that if an elephant is positioned with it’s trunk pointed towards the front door that this will draw money and prosperity into your home.



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