Whether it be zebra, leopard, tiger or cheetah, few patterns can top animal print for a fun, bold look. Decorating a home with it, however, can be a challenge because the print can overwhelm a room and give it a tacky feel if not used properly. Using an animal print pattern in one aspect of the room's design is a way to keep the room from feeling too busy. If you would like to incorporate animal print into a room in your home but are unsure where to begin, take the room in steps, starting with the walls.
For daring souls, using animal print for a room's walls is a way to add instant drama. Use paint to mimic the look of leopard, zebra, cheetah or your favourite animal print on the walls by creating a stencil to create the stripes. Animal-print wallpaper is also available, which can make adding the print to your walls easier. You can also opt to cover only one wall in animal print and allow it to serve as the room's accent wall.
If covering your walls ceiling-to-floor with animal print is too much for you, consider adding a chair rail or other moulding to divide the wall in half so you can add the animal print on top and use a coordinating solid colour on the bottom portion of the wall.
For a limited dose of animal print on your walls, a wallpaper border can be placed at the top for a simple, funky look that spices up any room.
While using animal print on the walls makes a bold statement in a room, placing it underfoot can also add drama. An animal-print rug can jazz up a room with an otherwise neutral colour palette but may also be paired with bold shades like red, magenta or purple when a zebra print is used. For a large dose of animal print, opt for an area rug which can be used to create a seating area in a living room or beneath a table in a dining room. Smaller throw rugs can be used in most rooms of the home, such as the bedroom, bathroom, living room, home office and den, to add visual interest.
In a bedroom, an animal-print comforter can give the space an instant face lift. When choosing an animal print for your bed, consider the room's wall colour. With a neural palette, opt for cheetah, lion or tiger prints. If your walls are brighter, opt for a black and white animal print, such as zebra. Instead of a comforter, you may opt for animal-print curtains to give your bedroom added pizazz. Animal print curtains may be used in a living or dining room as well. Adding throw pillows in a fun animal print to a sofa in your living room, family room or den can also liven up the space.
To incorporate animal print in a more subtle way, add accessories with a leopard, tiger, zebra or cheetah print to your room. Look for animal-print lampshades or mirrors with a patterned frame. Consider reupholstering a chair with your favourite animal print or set your table with animal-print place mats. In a bathroom, you may incorporate animal print through a patterned soap dish and toothbrush holder. Vases and bowls in an animal print may be displayed on shelves or in a cabinet for added visual interest as well.
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