How to Decorate a Zebra Room

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How to Decorate a Zebra Room
Use zebra print to decorate your room. (zebra texture #3 image by Adam Borkowski from

Create your own zebra-themed room if you enjoy the popular pattern of zebra stripes, want a contemporary room with a hint of the exotic or simply adore zebras. Although a zebra is limited to black and white in nature, you can use any colour that you desire with your zebra-inspired room. Common substitute or accent colours include purple, lime green, electric blue or hot pink. A zebra-style room can be used for a child's safari room, a sophisticated contemporary living room or a bold teenage paradise.

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Things you need

  • Paint/wallpaper
  • Wall decor
  • Rug
  • Furniture
  • Linens
  • Accessories

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    Paint the walls with a neutral colour or incorporate zebra stripes onto the walls. For example, paint an accent wall with a zebra print, leaving the other three walls white. Or put a zebra-patterned wallpaper on the lower half of the walls with the upper half remaining white. A simple zebra border can be outlined with a complementary colour, such as hot pink, to add just a touch of pattern to otherwise plain white walls. Another option is to paint the walls in a bright solid colour, such as red or turquoise, then add the zebra print through accessories.

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    Hang wall decor that doesn't detract from the paint or wallpaper. If the walls include a zebra print, hang solid-coloured cork boards, black wrought-iron wall sculptures or simple framed mirrors. If the walls are plain, frame pictures of zebras or zebra print paper or fabric to add interest. Zebra-print picture frames would be fitting to hold black-and-white photographs.

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    Place a rug in the centre of the room if it's a living room or dining room; or near the side or foot of the bed in a bedroom. Choose a thick shag-style rug in solid white or a bold complementary colour, such as lime green, if there is a lot of zebra print in the room. If there isn't that much print, opt for a zebra print rug.

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    Paint or refinish your furniture if it clashes with your room decor or purchase a couple of new pieces if possible. Black or white furniture is especially fitting, although a zebra print-covered chair can have a big impact in the room. If you're going for bold or funky, consider painting a smaller piece, such as an accent table, with a zebra print. Upholster your headboard with a furry zebra print fabric.

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    Drape zebra print linens over key pieces of furniture if you want more of the print in your decor. For example, a zebra print throw can add pizazz to a solid-coloured chair, sofa or comforter. Zebra print pillows is another easy way to introduce the pattern. Zebra print towels can liven up the bathroom. Use a zebra print valance or curtains against a solid-coloured wall.

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    Accessorise the room with small pieces in a zebra print if there isn't too much pattern in the room already. A lamp shade, shelves, drawer knobs, picture frames, candles, artwork or even a vase can highlight the zebra theme in an otherwise neutral room.

Tips and warnings

  • Mix the zebra print pattern with others, such as polka dots, if your room only includes black, white and a third complementary colour.
  • Avoid saturating your room with zebra print. Instead of looking chic or interesting, it will only appear chaotic or overwhelming.

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