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Combining Animal Prints with Other Interior Fabrics

Although the popularity of animal prints has fluctuated over the years, it has always remained a constant in home design. And while you think it might be intimidating to combine animal prints with your other interior fabrics, it’s really not. There are in fact ways to tastefully design a room using them. Here we’ll take a look at how animal prints can be used. Maybe then you’ll see that it’s more than okay to take a walk on the wild side when it comes to your home’s decor.

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One important thing to keep in mind is how versatile animal prints are. It’s this trait that makes it so easy to blend them with other fabrics and furnishings almost effortlessly. With that said, too much of a good thing can often be bad, and this is especially true for animal prints. Overuse of these beautiful prints is what can ultimately leave you with a decorating disaster on your hands. If you wish to avoid that happening, stick to this simple rule of thumb: use one type of animal print on one item (or a pair of items and/or small accents) in each room. This will keep your room looking tasteful rather than chaotic. Here are some tips on how to incorporate animal prints into your space.

Rugs or Carpet

A rug or carpet is probably one of the easiest ways to add an animal print to the space. Animal prints are readily available so finding a zebra or leopard print rug shouldn’t be difficult. Not only are rugs and carpets in animal prints fun, they can be used on just about any floor in the house.

Chair or Ottoman

An ottoman or corner chair in an animal print can be a nice addition to a room (you could even experiment with a pair of small chairs or small ottomans depending on the size of your space). Make sure the printed pieces are complimented with solid color pieces. A good example would be upholstering two dining room chairs in an animal print and upholstering the others in a coordinating solid color.


Accents can be a variety of things so don’t feel limited. Animal print or faux fur pillows and throws are a great way to add a bit of whimsy in the space. For something a bit more unexpected, go for an accent wall covered in animal print wallpaper. Just be sure to keep it to one wall only.

Animal prints are fun so that’s what decorating with them should be. Keep it simple and you’ll have a tasteful, yet fun space to enjoy.

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