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Top 10 Non-Tacky Ways to Use Animal Print Decor homedecor decor home interiordesign…

Animal print decor can be a chic, fun accent for your home.  It can also be a tacky disaster.  Here’s how to avoid the latter.  Below we explore 10 non-tacky ways to use animal print decor in your home.

Animal print bar stools paired with a nice subtle granite countertop are a match made in heaven.  Add nailhead detail to the trim like in the example above and you have a winner.  This animal print decor accent adds a fun and rich pattern into the space that is not, at all tacky.

Although lighting fixtures are an unconventional choice, lamp shades and paper chandeliers in an animal print bring a nice youthful appearance.  They can act as a focal point when hung from above, or an organic pattern to help compliment the other items in your space.

Accent chairs and ottomans in an animal print can be a gorgeous addition to a living room or bedroom.  In the example above, these leopard print accent chairs play off of the leopard print throw pillows on the the contrasting white furniture.  This look is balanced, without being overdone thanks to the crisp white walls and clean lines within the layout.

Animal print wallpaper is a great choice if you want to make a bold statement.  As mentioned in our post on bold home decor.  A printed wallpaper in a small space, such as a bathroom or closet can make a huge impact.  For the best presentation and to avoid having the space look tacky, don’t pair this accent with any other animal print.  Let the wallpaper stand alone.

The quickest, and easiest way to incorporate animal print decor is to add animal print throw pillows.  When using pillows, it is hard to overdo it.  The golden rule when working with any of the aforementioned decor elements is no more than two.  Pillows and an ottoman, a rug and a vase, accent chair and pillow, etc.  As long as you don’t have more than two types of items in animal print within the same space you’re safe.  Any more than that and you’re knocking at the door of tackville.  Certainly, there are exceptions to the rule.  However, it is best to tread lightly with such animal print.

Candles and candleholders are a great option.  These tabletop accents are fun and interesting to look at.  Pair them with a rug or some framed art and you’ll have a great looking space.

As mentioned above, wall art along with picture frames are a great choice for animal print decor.  They bring a warm, earthy feel to a space and can easily coordinate with other elements.  You can even style three of a kind like in the example above.  The three framed mirrors with different types of animal prints looks great just about this console table.

Another great option is vases.  Whether your choose to adorn them with flowers or not, animal print is a great way to jazz up this home accent staple.  It’s also easy to recycle old decor and turn them into whimsical animal print vases.

Animal print wreaths may not be the first thing you’d think of when considering this style of decor, but they make a lovely accent for your door, particularly in the fall season.  The earthy brown, beige, and black tones scream fall.


Lastly, animal print rugs are a decor classic.  Whether you opt to place them in the center of your seating area or as a runner down a hall, an animal print rug is a great choice.  However, you might want to avoid the organic hide type shape where it looks like you just skinned an animal.  This can turn some people off and look a bit tacky.  Stick with a rectangular or circular shape and your room will look great.


We hope these animal print decor suggestions help you with your next project.  If you have any additional ideas for how to use animal print, please comment below.