Wild Texture: Crocodile Rocks

When I saw the crocodile embossed tile in the lead photo, I just turned! I really like the feel of crocodile skin and also love finding great ways to incorporate its look into spaces.

This relishing of things reptile began at an early age. When I was small, my mother had a pair of sneakers and a purse that were crocodile — or maybe they were alligator — no way to tell because I could not view its nose. I had been fascinated with them and would analyze their feel, running my palms. Fast forward several decades and I love the stuff!

If you adore the reptile feel of alligator and crocodile, but aren’t certain how to use it, look at these great rooms and goods such as ideas.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering: I do not believe anything shown here is actually from a true crocodile or alligator. If it isn’t ceramic tile or cloth, most of what you see here is either stamped cowhide or textured vinyl. Actual crocodile and alligator skins are much more expensive than stamped cowhide and quite a bit smaller, so they are usually used for bags, shoes and wallets.

I believe the crocodile feel on these tiles is just wonderful! The feel would be good for keeping the flooring from being slippery — but it doesn’t prevent them from being slithery (wink).

This close-up view really shows off the rich chocolate color and also the scale of this pattern — get it? Scale? Okay, sorry, I will lay off the puns. Couldn’t resist.

The crocodile feel even seems great from all the way throughout the room.


Bathtub African Skin – Croco

Gotta giggle only a bit at the thought of this water being in the crocodile instead of the crocodile being in the water. The tub is coated in a croc-embossed leather blouse. Unique!

Martin Perri Interiors, Inc..

Using a crocodile pattern onto this velvety upholstery provides a bit of the wild to this elegant dining room, but with more softness than the typical crocodile possesses.

Chris Jovanelly Interior Design

A crocodile-embossed leather headboard with nailhead trim adds actual interest to this bedroom.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

I had been scouting in my local to-the-trade showroom and found this fantastic four-piece ottoman with two sections in croc and two sections in smooth leather. Just a little croc goes a long way.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

This chair was right next to the ottoman. Are you currently furnishing a man’s office? This are the perfect executive chair. I puts out a vibe that lets you know this guy may be only a bit dangerous!

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Putting the crocodile-embossed leather on a very curvy form of chair and in yellowish works very well with this feminine and elegant room. She could be only a bit dangerous too.

The Room Divider Store

Silver-Tone & Faux Leather Crocodile Room Divider – 3 Panels – $121.55
Notice how altering the color provides the crocodile design a very different texture. In silver, this is pure Hollywood glamour.

The Country Porch

Faux Croc Leather Table Lamp – $129.95
If you’d like to try some crocodile in your space but aren’t prepared to commit to a large chair or tiling most of the room in the pattern, maybe a lamp foundation would be enough.

Contemporary Serving Trays – $29.95
Or a little orange croc-embossed tray?


Mademoiselle Chair Cocco – $950
Actually Philippe Starck could not withstand just a small bit of crocodile feel on his Mademoiselle chair. And when it is good enough for Philippe Stark, it is good enough for me!

So, do you feel you’ll try to add just a little crocodile to your property?

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