How to Decorate with Animal Print if You Hate Animal Print
The elegant way to embrace your wild side.
Published Jul 16, 2019 10:30 PM
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Fashion as of late has re-embraced animal print to such a degree that Fran Fine would feel compelled to celebrate, but the trend doesn’t have to be confined to wearable garments. A selective use of leopard, cow, or even snakeskin-inspired patterns can add unexpected texture to spaces that range in style from sleek contemporary to soft boho and even total maximalism. There’s an animal print for everyone.
Smaller accent pieces (like printed candles or monochromatic lamps) offer a detailed yet subtle way into this bold-leaning trend. Just a hint of animal print can infuse a room with whimsy, without turning your home into a zoo—try it out with the picks ahead.
Leopard Design Cylinder Candle, Zara Home, $29.90
The stark white base of this leopard-patterned candle makes it a compelling option for a recovering minimalist. Its two-toned spots offer up a splash of pattern that stays in neutral territory while making a playful statement.
Fabric Dining Chair Black and White Bjarn, Beliani, $279
Simple wooden peg legs add a midcentury-inspired appeal to this cow-printed chair, while its curved armrests make for a comfortable seating option that doesn’t compromise on style. Its wear-resistant upholstering makes it a solid investment.
Tiger Snake Cushion, Audenza, $41.02
A two-in-one deal appeals to a more fashion-minded decorator. The tiger embellishment and snakeskin pattern of this pillow are evocative of recent designs by Gucci—at a much more accessible price point.
Magnificient Polyresin Lizard, Dot & Bo, $45.92
The gold rim and lizard skin texture of this vase grant it a luxurious appearance, and its black coloring makes it suitable for a floral arrangement of any color. To really play up its dramatic appeal, though, choose flowers that will make a high contrast against its dark exterior, like white lilies or lush anthuriums.
Leopard-Print Braided Round Placemat, Deborah Rhodes, $32
Instead of fully refreshing your china cabinet, get a simple update with greyscale placemats that will make even the most basic white dinnerware look glamorous.
Animal Print Pillow, Nourison, $152.15
Faux fur can be hit or miss, but this animal print pillow skirts that issue altogether with an even more creative texture. Detailed beadwork gives it additional depth as it catches and reflects light. Place it against a contrasting textile (like velvet or chenille) for maximum impact.
Animal Spot Black and White Bench, Amy Sia, $253.30
This cowhide-patterned bench makes a great option for those who want to take a totally faux approach to animal print. Its gold-toned steel legs give it surprising stability, in spite of its delicate appearance, as well as a glamorous contrast to its Western-inspired print.
Animal Print Removable Wallpaper, Urban Outfitters, $39.00
Think beyond traditional textiles: this simple dual-tone wallpaper is an easy option for creating an exciting accent wall. Its brown base creates warmth while its spotted effect prevents it from looking too dark. Consider applying it in a hallway—and when you get tired of it, peel it right off!
Chubby Zebra Rug, Doing Goods, $155
This hand-tufted wool rug certainly has a sense of humor. An animal-shaped stands out from a sea of simply printed options with its cheeky style. Layered over a colorful rug, it brings a delightfully irreverent element to any space.
Ollie Faux Snakeskin Lamp – Set of 2, Safavieh, $98.99
With snakeskin-inspired embossed columns, these table lamps combine a minimalist silhouette with a dramatic texture. Consider placing them on opposite end tables for a mirrored effect, or stand them both on an extra-long dresser.