Monday, April 28, 2014

Walk on the Wild Side: Interior Design with Animal Prints

Do you love animal prints but aren't sure how to incorporate them into your interior design without over doing it? Whether it's reptile, alligator, cheetah or zebra, trend followers are wild about animal prints. The exotic look remains popular in apparel and home-decor year after year and it's no surprise why. It's a touch of exotic that's chic and elegant that has been such staple in design that it has become a classic.

Animal print is a fun way to bring a piece of your personality into the fabric of your home furnishings. The key is to use this particular style sparingly. Black and white is an eye-catching way to incorporate animal print into your home accents if you want to make a bold statement. Black and white animal prints used in conjunction with bright or neutral colors on a couch, or in a bedroom or kitchen, give just the right amount of break to keep each style from being too jarring. Consider accenting with animal print; perhaps a uniquely shaped vase in zebra print filled to the brim with big, beautiful, sunflowers.

If bold black and white isn't quite your style, an animal print tapestry or throw blanket might be more fitting. Tapestries can be hung on a wall for full display or used over bed covers. A plush, soft cheetah print throw blanket can be draped attractively along a chair or couch. Stylish alligator luggage carefully stacked for use as an end table is another great option for making a more subtle statement with animal print.

Other home design items available in animal print include lamp shades, pillows, picture frames, accent chairs, trimmed ottomans, area rugs, wall art, shelving, window treatments and so much more! In fact, there are so many ways you can use your home to indulge your passion for animal print, the only thing you need worry about is using it in small enough amounts to break up solid colors found in the furniture and other decor and not so much that your guests feel like they're walking into the exotic animal section of the local zoo.

Your home can walk on the wild side; just don't get drowned in it.

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