Color Craze: Animal Prints - It's Not a Color but an Attitude Adjustment....for your Home

Color Craze: Animal Prints | The Color Lab Blog

This isn't my typical post about a single color or color palette. It's about an enduring trend that's currently seeing a resurgence in popularity. And while this trend is everywhere right now, its lasting power is testament to its impact on design in all areas. You see it in fashion almost everywhere and interior designers and home decorators have been using it homes and offices for years. So it begs the question, are animal prints an oversaturated, long-running fad? It depends on your level of tolerance for it. Personally, I love the craze so much I've treated it like I would a neutral color and incorporated my fair share of leopard, zebra and cheetah prints into my home and wardrobe.

Juliet in Leopard Print Coat from Loft - World Menagerie Cheetah Print Slipper Chair from Wayfair

image: left to right - my leopard print coat from LOFT (no longer available), desk chair by World Menagerie at Wayfair (no longer available, but here's a similar style you may like)

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But I have a strategy for its usage. Trust me, I've seen my fair share of crimes of the animal print kind. Overdoing these prints is easy to do. The repetitive patterns are intense so they require a light hand. But if you use my plan of action, in this case, for your home, you can use animal prints to create a very warm, inviting, creative vibe for any room and keep it from looking like you are hosting a wildlife conservancy.

Furnishings Mogul Holly Hunt Chicago Apartmentimage: Furnishings Mogul, Holly Hunt's Chicago Apartment - Architectural Digest

Start by adding one item to any room that needs a refresh or an energy boost. That item can be a massive piece of wall art or a porcelain vase placed prominently on an end table. Rugs are also a good choice for giving a small but powerful update to a room in subtle colors by creating an enlivening focal area that immediately draws the eye to it. Consider placing that remarkable table you adore or an antique desk on top of an animal print rug and you create a timeless conversation starter.

Bedroom - Decor Aid

image: Bedroom from Decor Aid 

Or for a major impact move, you could use wallpaper in a smaller print for an entire room. Create movement and vitality in a space that needs a little texture. Find a print you love and run with it! 

image: Pinterest


I've uncovered 6 decor items that you can easily incorporate into your home, just to see if the animal print vibe is right for you. Shop my Animal Print Product Board below:

Animal Print Product Board - The Color Lab Blog


1. Kevin O’Brien Studio Snakeskin Print Oversized Velvet Throw

2. Popular Bath Gazelle Shower Hooks

3. Safavieh Lighting Collection Sahara Table Lamp

4. Bridgeport Home Maasai Mss3 Round Area Rug

5. DENY DESIGNS Leopard Heart Side Table

6. Gifts & Decor Leopard Lily Blossom Tealight Candle Holder Centerpiece


Until next time, live a color-filled life,