A huge debate in the design world comes down to animal print: Is it tacky or trendy? When styled tastefully, animal print in design can add texture, pattern, and a powerful statement to your space. Simply follow these tips to achieve a balanced design with a trend that has never gone out of style!
An easy way to incorporate animal print in your home is by starting with textiles. There’s an endless selection of prints to choose from with zebra, dalmatian, leopard and cheetah being the most popular. I recommend starting with pillows if you’ve never experimented with animal print before. First of all they’re easy to find; they’re featured at various design stores and Etsy shops. My all time favorite is the Leopard Velvet pillow by Arianna Belle. With this fun, bold print you can pair colorful pillows alongside to help create contrast. Or place a single bolster on a patterned chair to give your room an extra pop. To achieve a subtler look, opt for neutral toned pillows to place with your animal print.
This is where the details come into play. Trays, mirrors, and rugs are great items to look for when shopping for animal print. My advice is to search for a snakeskin print to add dimension and texture to your items. Trays are a very practical purchase as they are great for clustering perfumes in your bedroom, holding desk accessories in the office or styling drinks on a bar cart. Mirrors with animal print borders and frames also add a hint of pattern and texture to your space.
For more of an impact, opt for a rug, as they act as a base for any room. Cowhides are classic and add warmth and more texture to your space. You can also try tying in a zebra print area rug like West Elm’s Safari Wool Rug.
If you’re brave and want a showstopper, wall coverings are bold way of showing your love for graphic pattern. A room can completely transform with a zebra accent wall. But when presented as large scale, you’d be surprised that animal print will often look more like an organic pattern. You can even use a muted print that will blend with the rest of the room with a color scheme consisting of browns and tans.
Another option is to bring in furniture featuring cheetah print and snakeskin. Upholstered benches and stools are pieces that work best. These guys are often tucked away or layered with other décor but reveal a hidden surprise when seen. As far as chairs go, keep an eye out for upholstered seating. Single side chairs in your entry way or a bamboo desk chair are great additions. And say you own some chairs that go unnoticed? Go ahead and give them a makeover by having the cushions reupholstered. It will save you money in the long run and revive their former beauty.
Check out my past post on How to Mix Patterns for more ideas!
This post was created by Erica.
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