Design Ideas for Living Rooms With Zebra Prints

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Design Ideas for Living Rooms With Zebra Prints
Zebra prints can be used in a number of ways in the living room. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Show a bit of your wild side, in a tasteful way, through your living room decor. Use zebra stripe prints in several creative ways to pull off the look in your own home. Before deciding on how to include zebra print into your living room decor, explore some of the ways the prints can be incorporated into the room to suit your personal tastes. No matter your colour scheme, you can to find unique ideas that work for you.

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Walls

Designer wallpaper can spin plain walls into an eye-catching backdrop for a living space. If a black and white print combination has too much contrast, zebra print wallpapers that incorporate two shades of a similar, more neutral colour are also available. This way, the print still shows, but the colours are easier on the eyes. Homeowners with a steady hand and a good idea of what the stripes should look like, can recreate the print with two paint colours. If the print is too overpowering for your room, consider just using it on an accent wall.

Furniture

Couches, chairs and even tables can be purchased in zebra prints to furnish a zebra print living room. One or more pieces of zebra print furniture can be arranged with another style of furniture as a bold accent. Alternatively, the zebra print can be used to decorate all of the furniture in the room for a unified look, rather than a combination. Like wallpaper, zebra prints can be found in several colour combinations ranging from bright and bold to neutral and muted to suit the homeowner's personal preferences.

Consider furniture with metal accents to complement the zebra pieces. Remember: a little goes a long way in this type of print. One large furniture piece, such as a sofa, is often enough to give the whole room a fresh and modern feel.

Floors

From modest to extravagant, options for covering the floor completely, or in part, with zebra striped print offer a flexibility to homeowners. For extravagant and semi-permanent results, wall-to-wall carpeting can be specially made or dyed to match the style.

For those with a smaller budget or less of a commitment to the style, throw rugs and area rugs can add splashes of zebra print around the room inexpensively. Try using an area rug on hardwood floors to anchor the living room seating area.

Art and Accessories

Small-scale examples of zebra print can be added throughout the living room to bring the print to life through details. Statuettes of zebras or unexpectedly zebra-printed other animals can be placed throughout the room on shelving and table tops. Throw blankets and pillows can add pizazz to neutral furniture to bring it into the room's design. Zebra print fabrics can be stretched flat and framed as artwork. Alternatively, photos and paintings of real zebras can make the room's print collection seem more natural.

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