Decorating with Animal Print

Animal print has gone through different periods of popularity but always been present in home design. Lately we’re seeing animal prints reinterpreted in large scale abstract giraffe motifs and in colorful leopard and zebra prints. 

blue zebra print


We’ve all seen those exaggerated rooms filled with animal print that’s way overdone and the crime that occurs from overuse. Animal print is best used in small doses and smaller pieces of furniture or accents, or to make a dramatic impact with a rug or fun upholstered piece. It’s a bold move to upholster a sofa in an animal print, but it’s graphic nature makes a stunning statement.

zebra print


Go a little less wild with chairs and ottomans – they’re perfect candidates for playing with animal print in traditional motifs, but consider colorful ones too since many fabrics are now available in recognizable patterns printed in bright colors. 

giraffe print ottoman

zebra ottoman bhg


Animal print will always inject a graphic element and the recognizable patterns make for fabulous area rugs in leopard, zebra, and giraffe skin prints. 

zebra rugh


leopard print rug

 zebra rug in bathroom bhg


For those craving the exotic nature of animal print but in smaller doses, an accent pillow or lampshade will always do the trick!

zebra pillow


I rounded up a few favorites available in stores for adding a touch of animal print to the home in several motifs and colors.

modern animal print decor


From top left: Sommerset Wing Chair, Horchow; Green zebra rug, Z Gallerie; Giraffe 4 x 6’ rug, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Pink leopard 3 x 5’ rug, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Orange needlepoint, Bellacor; Leopard duvet, Urban Outfitters; Oval chair, Kmart; Giraffe print pillow cover, EastandNest on Etsy; 19; Gray zebra ottoman, Z Gallerie; Zebra Toss Pillow, Target; Animal print lamp, Lamps Plus, $80


Do you use any animal print in your home?


4 Responses to “ Decorating with Animal Print ”

  1. I love how much animal print is coming back! It seems like I have been switching all of my decor from earth tones and grays to giraffe and zebra.

  2. Yes, totally love it.Use it whenever and wherever I can.

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