Decorating with Red and Animal Print

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Decorating with Red and Animal Print
Mix red with a black and white zebra print for a bold and exotic bedroom. (Textura Fondo Animal image by Pakmor from

Combining bold colours with busy patterns in a bedroom make a huge statement. Use bold animal prints with the colour red in your bedroom if you want to create a hot and exciting room or to celebrate your wild and crazy personality. Black and white animal prints, such as zebra, can add interest and allow you to bring the neutral colours into the room to balance out the bold. Bolder, more colourful animal prints, such as cheetah or giraffe print, need to be grounded by soft neutral colours, such as cream.

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Things you need

  • Paint/wallpaper
  • Furniture
  • Bedding
  • Rug
  • Window treatments
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories

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    Paint your bedroom walls red for major impact. If red is too bold for you, consider painting the wall behind your bed red. White, cream or a light beige are other ideal colours for a red and animal print bedroom. Use animal print wallpaper as a border, to cover a single wall or a portion of the wall, such as the lower part.

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    Choose furniture that complements the red and animal print, but doesn't compete with it. Dark chocolate or white furniture will ground the bold colour scheme without interfering with it. A black wrought iron bed would work with black stained wood or lacquered furniture. Brass or silver finished metal headboards or a headboard covered with an animal print fur or velvet fabric would also work.

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    Opt for animal print bedding for a bold statement. Red or black sheets would complement a black and white zebra, cow or leopard print or an duvet or comforter. Use ran or cream sheets with a brown and white giraffe, cow or cheetah print. A less dramatic approach is to pile animal print pillows on a white duvet with an animal print throw on the foot of the bed. Include furry animal print pillows to add texture.

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    Place a rug next to the bed or at the foot of the bed. A fluffy white rug could add a sophisticated look to the room. An animal shaped rug with animal print will add an exotic flair if your bedding is solid white, black or red.

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    Hang window treatments that complement your bedding and walls. Use animal print curtains to spruce up a plain, neutral wall or simple shades or curtains for a bold wall. Mesh curtains will blend into the background while adding a flirty or soft feel to the room.

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    Add wall decor that pulls the room together. Black framed photos of zebras will pop off of red walls. Use red frames on neutral coloured walls. Cover large panels with furry animal print material to hang on the walls to add texture and interest. Frame pieces of fabric that feature different animal prints to hang on the wall, as long as they are the same colours. Peel-and-stick adhesives can introduce the animal print in shapes, such as circles, or letters that spell out a child or teen's name.

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    Accessorise the room with red and animal print accessories. A red lamp with a zebra print shade can grace your nightstand. Place black and white leopard printed candles on a red tray with black stones. Add a furry animal print chair or pillows on top of a chair to create a relaxing reading corner. Ground the room with houseplants and trees, making it feel jungle-like if that is the feel you're going for. Silk plants are fine.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose one large item of animal print to serve as the room's focal point, whether it's the bedding, an upholstered headboard, fabric covered wall panels or a chair. A few smaller animal print items should be introduced around the room to tie it all together. Do the same with solid red items.
  • Limit the amount of animal print you include or it will seem chaotic and overwhelming rather than interesting.

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