How to Mix Animal Prints in Your Home

This season, animal prints of all kinds are back in fashion, so why not combine a few of them in your home?! Check out these four fool-proof ways to mix animal prints:

Strong Statement

A pairing of two bright animal prints conveys a strong, fun-loving presence in a room. If choosing contrasting colors, make it work by using two patterns that have one unifying color in them. For example, the red leopard print below contains a small bit of golden yellow, which combines well with the sunny zebra print.

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PAIR

Highland Court - 190075H-268 Canary
Highland Court – 190075H-268 Canary

WITH

S. Harris Fabric - Leopard - Flame 8545907
S. Harris Fabric – Leopard – Flame

OR PAIR

Groundworks Fabric - Feline - Lake/Slate GWF-3106-313
Groundworks Fabric – Feline – Lake/Slate

WITH

Kravet Fabric - 28696-5
Kravet Fabric – 28696-5

Black, White & Red

Animal prints and patterns with actual animals on them can look stunning when done in a classic red, white and black motif. Here, designer Jack Fhillips decorated a white-walled bedroom at the Adamsleigh Estate Show House sponsored by Traditional Home with a mix of Scalamandre’s Zebras, black and white zebra print, and just a touch of bronze leopard print. Because Fhillips strictly stays within the red, black and white color scheme, the variety of animal prints feel balanced rather than overwhelming.

Adamsleigh Traditional Home Showhouse Scalamandre Zebra Print

MIX

Scalamandre Fabric - Zebras - Masai Red 16496-001
Scalamandre Fabric – Zebras – Masai Red 16496-001

AND

Highland Court Fabric - 190136H-77 Copper
Highland Court Fabric – 190136H-77 Copper

AND

Greenhouse Fabric - 75328 - Black
Greenhouse Fabric – 75328 – Black

Mix Animal Print & Skin

When done in a neutral palette, a mix of animal prints like cowhide, zebra print, suede, and crocodile create a well-traveled ambience with rich layers of texture.

zebra-print-for-living-room

MIX

Robert Allen - Zebra Geo - Ink
Robert Allen – Zebra Geo – Ink

WITH

Kravet Fabric - COWHIDE-1
Kravet Fabric – COWHIDE – 1

AND

Pindler & Pindler Fabric - Crocodile - Bronze Pdl 1000-Bronze
Pindler & Pindler Fabric – Crocodile – Bronze

AND

Greenhouse Fabric - 74692 - Chocolate
Greenhouse Fabric – 74692 – Chocolate

Same Pattern, Different Scale

If you’re not so sure about combining different types of animal prints together, dip your toes in by coupling two prints of the same animal in different scales. The large-scale print should be used for items that you want to be the focal point because that’s where the eye will be drawn to first. Use the small-scale print as a small accent.

Zebra Stripe Living Room Decor

PAIR

Duralee Fabric - 15173-583 Zebra
Duralee Fabric – 15173-583 Zebra

WITH

Fabricut Fabric - Zebra Crossing - Ebony 0194701
Fabricut Fabric – Zebra Crossing – Ebony 0194701

OR PAIR

Kravet Fabric - 30370 - 616
Kravet Fabric – 30370 – 616

WITH

Kravet Fabric - 29586-106
Kravet Fabric – 29586-106

With Florals

Mixing animal print with other colorful patterns like florals and stripes plays down the intensity of the pattern. We like how these green leopard print chairs become the neutral aspect of this room with bold floral drapery and a fuchsia flocked velvet ottoman. Tie the room together with one or two unifying colors.

velvet-fuchsia-coupled-with-light-green-leopard-print-chairs-for-eclectic-interiorsMIX

Kravet Fabric - 31382-123
Kravet Fabric – 31382-123

WITH

Lee Jofa Fabric - Grenville Glazed Chintz - Pink/Green BFC-3626-73
Lee Jofa Fabric – Grenville Glazed Chintz – Pink/Green

AND

Highland Court Fabric - 78048H-575 Clover
Highland Court Fabric – 78048H-575 Clover

AND

Clarke & Clarke Fabric - Florentine - Sorbet
Clarke & Clarke Fabric – Florentine – Sorbet

scala – http://southernhospitalityblog.com/traditional-home-showhouse-at-high-point-part-1/

zebra different scales – http://glamorousinteriordesign.blogspot.com/2012/12/coral-shells-and-decor.html

brown animal skin – http://www.floridaysmom.com/decorating-with-brown-couches/

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