Leopard Print Living Room Decorating Ideas

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Leopard Print Living Room Decorating Ideas
Leopards are swift feline predators with distinctive spotted coats. (leopard image by Tijara Images from Fotolia.com)

Animal prints, such as zebra and leopard, are a classic and versatile decorative accent perfect for people who like bold styles. Whether you adore leopards or simply like the exotic look, using leopard print in your living room will add a touch of wildness to your everyday life. Choose one major piece of decor to be leopard print, such as the couch or curtains, rather than peppering the room with leopard accessories.

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Complementary Walls

Start decorating your leopard print room by painting the walls a colour that complements the colours in leopard print. Some colour options are hunter green, turquoise, ivory, white, and pale blue. Consider setting the scene for leopard print decor by painting a silhouette mural of a leopard's habitat. Leopards cover a vast range of territory, from northeast Africa to central Asia. Pick one area and design a silhouette mural that evokes the landscape of that place. For example, an African savannah mural could include tall stalks of grass waving along the bottom of the wall and a single acacia tree.

Leopard Carpet

Good Housekeeping.com suggests using leopard print carpet in the master bedroom. Depending upon the other colours and furnishings, leopard print carpet can come across as subtle and almost neutral, or delightfully campy. If you favour cool colours like grey and ice blue, an alternative to traditional beige leopard print that might interest you is snow leopard print.

Safari Decor

Enhance the visual effect of the leopard print by peppering the living room with accessories reminiscent of a safari. Replace a boring end table with a stack of vintage suitcases. Hang a jaunty pith helmet on a hook next to the door, as if you might grab it on your way out the door en route to Africa. Find an antique photograph of leopards or antelope, and have it enlarged and printed on canvas. Hang it in a prominent location.

Potted trees and plants add vivid colour and atmosphere.
Potted trees and plants add vivid colour and atmosphere. (potted yukka tree plant at night. image by rozeykex from Fotolia.com)

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