This year, the goal of interior design is all about creating comfortable, personality-packed homes! Which means we’re seeing a boom in large-scale designs and bold patterns – including those with some wild origins.
That’s right – animal print. A long favorite in the world of fashion, the spots, stripes, and textures of the animal kingdom makes for beautiful, bold home accents. And, thanks partially to a recent Netflix special, we’ve seen a renewed interest in safari-inspired homes stylings!
Even in the year of personality-packed interiors, integrating animal print for the first time can be intimidating. Luckily, there are many ways to incorporate wild flair, from power-packed accents to full-scale glamour:
Animal Print Accents
For those trying out animal print for the first time, home décor accents are an excellent starting point. While striking on their own, animal print throws, rugs, artwork and other accessories can be blended to elevate the look of your space. When cohesive with other elements of your design, such as color scheme or general theme, these accents add vivid pops of interest without being overpowering.
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Take Veronica Solomon’s stunning master retreat. The large zebra-stripe rug is definitely a statement piece, but one that fits naturally with the overall design. The rug adds an element of texture and dimension to the black and white color scheme; it also serves as a natural complement to the playful bedding. The room’s lush fabrics, rich red accents, and lux lighting are equally as eye-catching and help guide your gaze throughout the entire space.
The room is so well-balanced, you may have even overlooked the second animal print accent: a gorgeous upholstered leopard print chair that perfectly complements the rich earth tones of the bedframe!
When it comes to dramatic accents, it’s all about balance and scale. Choose a few key pieces that coordinate with your color scheme and fit the space. Natural materials such as rattan, cane, and wicker – another big design staple this season – can also be used to soften animal print’s boldness.
Themed Style Amplifier
While animal print can be incorporated into nearly any style, it’s a natural fit with several sophisticated and chic looks. Take for instance the room below, which features a delightfully intricate and eclectic animal wallpaper. By adding animal print accents in a similar hot pink hue, the playful elegance of this feature wall has been extended throughout the space!
Animal print is also a perfect addition to jungalow designs, a variation of bohemian styling that focuses in tropical greenery, vivid colors, and rich natural textures.
This bedroom embraces the jungalow aesthetic with a silvery-blue painted palm leaf wallpaper sporting a rich brown background. And while the wallpaper alone embodies a refined take on jungalow styling, it’s a much more well-rounded look with a few extra touches. The bedding’s rich blue comforter and blue and white tiger stripe pillow carries both the color and theme throughout the space. The inclusion of a few wild residents, the stunning tiger framed print and elegant elephant wooden figurine, adds a sense of depth and completion to this stylish safari retreat.
Using animal print as the main element of your interior design can lead to some seriously sophisticated style. Modern innovations in wallpaper have produced animal print designs that sport luxurious finishes and rich color.
Naturally luxurious, layering animal print on animal print creates utterly glamorous, high-impact interiors. Or, go all-in on one show-stopping feature, like wallpaper. Modern innovations have produced elegant designs that play with pattern and are enhanced by rich color and special finishes, like flock detail and metallic accenting.
Already embraced the savage beauty of animal print décor? Share your styling tips in the comments below or show off your spaces by tagging @astreetprints on Instagram!