Decorating with Animal Print: The Softer Side of Zebra Stripes

Many zebra prints because of its bold character, but the pattern can be subtle and elegant, too! Get the look with these easy and accessible ways to use zebra stripes in your home:

Barely There

Most of the time when using a strong zebra print, you have to plan your room around it, keeping other details and accessories on the subtle side. With a barely there zebra wallpaper, you can reverse that mindset. Because of its inconspicuous nature, this sandy zebra stripe allows you to play up the color and details in the rest of your decor.

zebra wallpaper interior decor

Kravet Wallpaper - W3088 - 16
Kravet Wallpaper – W3088 – 16
Kravet Wallpaper - W3093 - 16
Kravet Wallpaper – W3093 – 16
York Wallpaper - Zebra Skin - KD1799
York Wallpaper – Zebra Skin – KD1799
Fabricut Fabric - Copper Penny - Silver 3467601
Fabricut Fabric – Copper Penny – Silver 3467601

Misty Greys & Baby Blues

Dove grey and powdery blue zebra prints give traditional homes a modern update. Simple decor in a neutral palette of white or cream tones down the stripes, giving the room a restful, slightly ethereal balance.

Grey Zebra Print - Bedroom Interior Decor

Duralee Fabric - 42031 - Steel 360
Duralee Fabric – 42031 – Steel
Fabricut Fabric - Linen Safari - Mist 3461803
Fabricut Fabric – Linen Safari – Mist
Schumacher Fabric - Amboise Linen Embroidery - Zinc 65180
Schumacher Fabric – Amboise Linen Embroidery – Zinc

Light Blue Zebra Print - Living Room Interior Decor

Kravet Fabric - 29309 - 1615
Kravet Fabric – 29309 – 1615
Duralee Fabric - 42031- Bay 441Duralee Fabric - 42031- Bay 441
Duralee Fabric – 42031- Bay
Kravet Fabric - 23489 - 111
Kravet Fabric – 23489 – 111
Fabricut Fabric - Suede - Tan 3120108
Fabricut Fabric – Suede – Tan

Warm & Family-Friendly

Believe it or not, by simply altering the white and black zebra stripe to brown and cream, it takes on a completely different look, going from bold to mellow. As seen below, when used with warm pumpkin-toned chenille, floral, and stripes, a zebra couch in cocoa hues blends in, rather than popping out. This look is particularly nice for fall.

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Fabricut Fabric - Celebrity Zebra - Chocolate 3551701
Fabricut Fabric – Celebrity Zebra – Chocolate
Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Sorrento Pdl 1980-Persimmon
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Sorrento – Persimmon
Stroheim & Romann Fabric - Vilaine - Pumpkin 0672004
Stroheim & Romann Fabric – Vilaine – Pumpkin
Fabricut Fabric - Alabama - Gingersnap 3641701
Fabricut Fabric – Alabama – Gingersnap
Fabricut Fabric - Maud - Sienna 3381710
Fabricut Fabric – Maud – Sienna 3381710

Dining Room Elegance

If you thought that ‘elegance’ and ‘zebra print’ would never be used in a sentence together, think again! Charcoal versions in a texture like linen or silk add fresh refinement to a room. Here we see it used as a table cloth against navy walls in Aerin Lauder’s dining room. Below that we see it upholstered onto 18th century chairs paired with chinoiserie drapery and eggplant purple walls.

aerin-lauders-dining-room-in-elle-decor

Lee Jofa Fabric - Dinisen Linen - Pewter 2009101-11
Lee Jofa Fabric – Dinisen Linen – Pewter
Fabricut - Davinci Code - Earth 2665613
Fabricut – Davinci Code – Earth
Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper - Manila Hemp - Navy PJ 5274
Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper – Manila Hemp – Navy

zebra print elegant dining room interior decor

Stout Fabric - Laplace - Steel LAPL-3
Stout Fabric – Laplace – Steel
Schumacher Fabric - Shantung Silhouette Print - Smoke 174581
Schumacher Fabric – Shantung Silhouette Print – Smoke
Graham & Brown Wallpaper - Beka - Amethyst GB 30-637
Graham & Brown Wallpaper – Beka – Amethyst

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