The Wild Side of Decorating With Animal Prints

One of the home décor trends that has spanned several eons is that of decorating with animal prints. Decorating with animal prints allows you to bring the wild into your home by incorporating zebra prints, giraffe, cheetah or leopard.

Decorating with animal print is not new. Its popularity has peaked and subsided. A new interest in decorating with animal prints has emerged. It can be characterized by a tropical feel with some accents or an onslaught of animals. Animal print decorating depicts the animals of the jungle, the flowers and the trees of the jungle. Pattern and texture can be harmonized to create an earthy, exotic motif. Different animal prints can be successfully mixed in one room.

Accessories are prominent when talking about animal print decorating. The reason is that they translate better in smaller proportion. Framed print sets of any jungle animal, such as giraffes and zebras, are popular. The prints can be black and white for simple lines or in color to become a focal point.

Lamps can be detailed in many ways to continue this decorating style. The base can be a leopard print while the shade is black or conversely the base can be black while the shade is a leopard print. Either way it is eye-catching. Other accents include faux fur throw, bamboo trees, zebra shower curtains, animal statues, greenery, tiger print room divider and zebra or leopard pillows.

Area rugs are another popular way to express animal print decorating. Rugs can be as subtle as in a tropical trace or as fierce as an untamed tiger. The traditional animal prints of zebra, giraffes, and leopards are available and are classic. A beautiful update to that classic is an area rugs that in separated in three quadrants; one displays zebra stripes, another has the marks of a giraffe, and the last present leopard spots. All three are colored in periwinkle blue; it is stunning. An exquisite area rug depicts zebras against a red background. The contract is outstanding. Softer muted mural with palm trees are also popular. There are also rugs aimed for children. n example would be the hide and seek kids rug that shows partially hidden animals in a lush forest.

Animal print decorating and furniture is limited. A sofa made of leopard would be too overpowering. Small scale pieces such as chairs and ottoman work best. Another delightful small scale purchase would be the charming Anatex Safari table and animal chairs. This is a children's set and the chairs are available in four designs: elephant, lion, zebra and giraffe. The backs of the chair are the animal's head and the legs of the chair are the legs of each particular animal. Larger pieces of furniture could include a bamboo console, end table and coffee table. The neutral design would be a welcome addition to any home décor.

Decorating with animal prints has returned as a hot trend for 2009. Accents, furniture and area rugs can transform a home décor from boring into exotic and refined. There are so many different approaches that it can be achieved by all. Animal magnetism never looked so good.