How to Decorate with Animal Prints

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Animal print decor can go one of two ways: chic and timeless or gaudy and garish. If you’re worried about falling into the latter category, here are a few simple tips for taming your wild side:

  • Pick one statement piece. Isolate animal print to one stand-alone accent. It could be a small item, like a throw blanket, pillow, or upholstered stool, or a large item, like an area rug or stair runner. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a single animal print statement.
  • Pair with solids and simple geometrics. Animal prints go best with solid colors or simple geometric patterns. This Scalamandré Tigre pillow, for example, would pop against emerald green walls (Benjamin Moore’s Seaweed).

Emerald Paint Seaweed Benjamin Moore Scalamandre Tiger Tigre Pillow

  • Low contrast color combinations. Unlike the real animals, you are not restricted by the laws of nature! Your animal print accents can come in any color combinations you like. Zebra is one of the trickier patterns because the high contrast black and white is so dramatic. If traditional zebra prints don’t work in your space, try a subtler color combination, like grey and white.
  • Choose the right pattern. Leopard is the most commonly used animal print in home decor, but it is by no means your only option. There are also tiger, cheetah, antelope, giraffe, zebra, and dalmatian, to name a few. If leopard and zebra are too bold for your taste, try a simpler pattern like antelope or dalmatian.

Antelope Stair Runner Leopard Shoes

An antelope runner (and leopard shoes to boot!) via La Petite Tasse.

Zebra Rug Hide Traditional

A zebra hide rug and leopard pillow blend seamlessly into this room’s overall design. Via Architectural Digest.


Green Emerald Rug Diane Von Furstenberg Climbing Leopard Pillow Antique Chair

Simple antique chair with leopard throw pillow via Plush Palate and Diane Von Furstenberg climbing leopard rug via The Rug Co.

Leopard Chairs Armchairs

A pair of leopard armchairs on a black and white striped floor via Luella & June.

Leopard Chaise

Leopard chaise via Savvy Home.

Antelope Stair Runner

Antelope stair runner via Cote de Texas.

Cheetah Print Rug Teal Dark Walls Tiger Ottoman Traditional Living Room New England Home

Dark teal walls are the perfect balance to a cheetah print rug via Design Crisis. Tiger print ottoman in a traditional wood-paneled sitting room via New England Home.

Dalmatian Print Chair Black and White Polka Dot

Dalmatian chair with small pink throw pillow via Style Me Pretty Living.

Leopard X Stools Cross Stools X-Stools

Leopard x-stools via Brit + Co.



Comments 2

  1. Thanks for this blog post! I’m not naturally an animal print type of women but I love the idea of adding a few accents pieces…yet never know how to do it without it looking out of place. This post gave some great ideas and I especially like the antelope stair runner, it’s beautiful!