No matter what the decade, one trend that seems to always be present is animal print. Some years the funky trend may be bigger and other years less prominent, but it always comes roaring back. One reason animal print sometimes gets a bad or “tacky” reputation, is because some home-owners do not know how to properly design with animal print. The key is to show restraint. Don’t over do it.
One of the greatest things about animal print, whether it’s, leopard, tiger, or zebra, is that it can be used with every type of furniture from traditional to modern. Animal prints are extremely versatile, despite being loud and prominent.
The best way to incorporate animal print into a design is by bringing in a fun patterned carpet.
Like the pattern above, Oracolo by the Dabbieri Collection is fun and adds a tasteful compliment to the leather couch.
Or Jacaranda, in this classy and elegant room, is anything but obnoxious or tacky. By playing off the neutral colors in the carpet, this entire design is brought together.
Of course, another way to incorporate animal print in an interior design is through accents. A mistake made with accents is to get multiple coordinating animal print pieces for a room. Often times, this is a blunder which makes the room very busy and seemingly uncoordinated.
For example, one animal print chair in the corner of the room will attract attention, without being too flashy. A chair could be upholstered with a nice animal print, and then complimented with other solid-print furniture.
Always a lovely addition, animal print accent pillows can spruce up a room very easily.
This summer, spice up your rooms with a design trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!