Ten Spaces that Prove Decorating with Animal Print is Stylish

Image source: Williams Sonoma Home

Image source: Williams Sonoma Home

Yesterday was the launch of ELEMENTS by Erin Gates, a home accessories line by this talented designer and I was lucky enough to snag two leopard throw pillows. I have been looking to add a leopard touch to our second bedroom for awhile but could not find an affordable piece I liked. Seeing as Erin also loves leopard, I knew she would have great options in this new collection!

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Image source: Elements of Style

Take a look at the spaces below for some inspiration!

Layer a hide rug (zebra is my favourite) over a larger area rug. The print adds interest to an otherwise simple palette and helps tie the space together.

Image source: Elle Decor

Image source: Elle Decor

Upholster accent furniture in a neutral animal print. The benches below look great against the green walls and gold accents. Great leopard fabric is not only available to the trade, there are many great options out there if you do not have access to designer fabrics. Check your local fabric stores or Etsy.

Throw pillows are one of the easiest options and probably the most affordable. Pillows are easy to change or can be moved to a different room if you decide you want a new look down the the line. A velvet leopard print (as seen below) makes a great throw pillow for a sofa or accent chair and will surely add visual interest to your space. Best of all - animal prints pair well with virtually any colour......as seen below in this white and blue space!

Image source: Studio McGee

Image source: Studio McGee

If you get your hands on a great animal print fabric, don't be afraid to use it for a few different pieces in a single room. The living room below has a zebra pillow on the sofa, accent chair, and the upholstered bench tucked under the console table. Keep the animal print to smaller pieces and use an accent colour, like the orange below!

Image source: Elle Decor

Image source: Elle Decor

Perhaps a bit bold (and definitely an investment) the carpet below is amazing! Paired with light pinks, this carpet truly makes a statement in this incredible closet. 

Image source: Pink Peonies

Image source: Pink Peonies

Another great carpet option are the Antelope carpets from Stark (available to the trade only). This carpet is available in many different colours and is slightly more subtle than the leopard print above. I love the Antelope carpet in a den or home office (similar to the space below).

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Image source: House Beautiful

Last but not least, wallpaper! Think powder rooms (as I mentioned last week) and kid's rooms! 

The powder rooms below incorporate bold wall coverings, but work great in these small spaces. Keep printed wallpaper (especially animal prints) to smaller spaces - powder rooms, vestibule areas, closets. 

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Image source: House Beautiful

This nursery is so cute! The neutral zebra print wallpaper is definitely not 'kid' specific, but looks amazing in this space and would be appropriate for many years. 

Image source: Sarah Richardson Design

Image source: Sarah Richardson Design

Want to create a similar look in your own home? Below are some great animal print items that are readily available! (click on the image for the source)