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No matter what your decorating style, there's room for a little leopard or cheetah, zebra or giraffe. Treat animal prints like a neutral and work within your existing aesthetic when you incorporate these decorating ideas —a vast range of options exists for every design sensibility.
I've always had a soft spot for animal prints in home decor. Not only do they offer an ideal balance between restrained color and eye-catching pattern, they're also surprisingly versatile.
Channel feminine glamour with animal accents on Hollywood Regency pieces; traditional silhouettes get an energetic update with safari-inspired upholstery; textured elements like printed linens and dyed hides add depth to earthy interiors.
If you're trepidatious, start with with inconspicuous details like a transitional table lamp style with a leopard-lined lamp shade; or a single animal-print throw pillow. Once you've dipped in your toes, don't be surprised to find yourself feeling fearless. Animal prints have a way of taking you for a walk on the wild side!
Here's how to introduce animal prints into your home decor: 1. Antiqued Silver Glass Lamp 2. Zebra Back Arm Chair 3. Zebra Faux Leather Tray 4. Animal Print Armless Chaise 5. Black Faux Suede Clear Glass Table Lamp 6. Birch Bark Table Lamp and Zebra Stripe Lamp Shade 7. Tiger Print Cowhide Rug
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Anne Sage is a design and lifestyle editor based in San Francisco. Her daily interiors and fashion blog The City Sage was named a must-read by Martha Stewart Living, and she was featured in the New York Times for her co-founding of the online shelter publication Rue Magazine. She also works as a stylist and art director for brands such as Target and Anthropologie.
In her spare time, Anne is most likely to be found color coding the books on her vintage Paul McCobb shelving unit.
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