Animal print has become the trademark of a chic interior, and this unique style can easily turn any room into an expression of your personality.
There are many types of animal print available. Leopard, cheetah, zebra, tiger, cow print, and snakeskin are among the favorites for interior decorating. Most of these are available in modern versions as well – from monochrome to bold color, textured effect, and even glitter.
We’ll help you bring this trend to life in your home as we take a look at unique ways to add this fun, frivolous and flirty style to your space using wallpaper and accessories.
How to Colour-Match Animal Prints
Natural color & monochrome color animal print are best complimented with shades of brown, beige, taupe, and cream. Silver, charcoal, white and black pair excellently with monochrome colored prints, and can be further enhanced by a well-placed pop of color.
Bright and colorful animal prints can be augmented by replicating the dominant color of the pattern throughout the room or toned down with a neutral color to create a quieter space. Complimentary colors can also be used – for example – a bold orange leopard print may work well with blue shades surrounding it. Use the color wheel to find the perfect complementary shade for your scheme.
5 Quick Ways to Decorate Your Space Using Animal Print
Create a standout feature wall by applying your favorite print to a single wall, and use complementary colors to enhance it. In bedrooms, the area behind your headboard is a great space to make your feature. Lounges often use the largest wall as a focal point, while bathrooms and kitchens may simply use the largest available space to be the feature. Use wallpaper to freshen up an old set of drawers
Another great way to incorporate animal print without overwhelming a space is to accessorize. Bring an old set of drawers back to life or add some personality to a plain flatpack-drawer by adding your favorite animal print to the panels – or even applying it to the whole set. Be cautious when applying the paper around handles or on edges and ensure the edging of the paper stays put to help ensure its longevity.
Line the inside of bookshelves
The same way we love a secret print inside a blazer or coat, adding some animal print to the inside of bookshelves can really bring it to life. Mix up different styles and types of animal print – for example – apply a zebra print to one shelf and alternate with leopard print on the next to really make it pop. This is a great way to add matching household accessories to a room that already has an animal print in it.
Use embossed animal print as a splashback to bring your kitchen to life
Embossed wallpaper or blown vinyl are great in areas where spillage or mess is likely, because of the plastic coating on the wallpaper that allows it to easily be wiped down. If your stove backs onto a plain wall, adding an animal print will work wonders in breathing some life into the area and can easily be accessorized with other similar prints.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match
A geometric pattern, zig-zag lines, leaf-patterned wallpaper or even nature-themed print mixed with your chosen print is a great way to express your unique style and bring a room to life. Try keep the mixed patterns to a maximum of two variations so that your space doesn’t become too busy, and introduce plain materials, accessories and solid colors to keep the theme throughout.
Bring your hallway to life
Hallways are easily overlooked in terms of design potential, especially in creating a feature of it. One of the easiest ways to revamp your hallway is to create a focal point at the end of the passage where a wooden stand or cabinet can take center stage and use ornaments or animal print overlays to bring the theme together. Decorating the hallway with exciting prints throughout lends a definite and bold theme, and for a more demure aesthetic, you may choose to apply animal print to a single wall and complement it with a neutral color.
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