There is a constant battle whether animal prints are tacky or stylish. If you do it right, it can be amazing. If you don’t, yes, it looks overdone and in bad taste. So how do you do it, so that it looks fabulous?
Today I will share FOUR TIPS with you.
1. SPREAD THEM OUT
Have you ever been on a safari in Africa? There you will experience the animals are widely spread out in their natural habitat and each time you find one, you are overjoyed with excitement! It should be the same in your home. African prints are not a theme, and should not be everywhere in your home. Present it as a rare find and conversation piece.
2. USE ANIMAL PRINTS IN THEIR NATURAL COLOUR
Maybe it’s because I was born in Africa, but I don’t like it so see a pink and white zebra ottoman or a green leopard print rug. I suggest you use animal prints in their natural colour, so that they can easily blend in with your other furniture and many design styles.
3. YOU DON’T HAVE TO USE THE REAL THING
I don’t know about you, but I always feel a bit frightened when I enter a space and see real animal heads mounted on the wall, staring at me with their orange glazed eyes. I also want to burst out in tears when I sit on a sofa and feel a real zebra leather cushion behind my back. There are many beautiful animal print fabrics that can still give you that focal point.
4. FOCUS ON FOCAL POINTS
The best way to present African prints, are to use them as focal points in your design. E.g. as an occasional chair, an ottoman or cushion. Be careful with animal print wallpapers and rugs, as they can be fantastic, but very overpowering. Rather get some expert advice. The rest of your home should complement them and not be in competition with the print.
There you go now! Animal prints are not only meant to be used in hotels or shops. You can definitely use it at home too. Just sparingly! Here are a few items from one of our favourite Animal Art suppliers: Urban Road.