Thursday, May 27, 2010

animal prints

A reader recently asked me for ideas on how to work in some animal prints into her home without it looking too cheesy, or overpowering. This really got me thinking. It's so easy to over do something like an animal print. And what if you change your mind down the road? I think the easiest way to add some personality to a space is through the accessories you use. Using an animal print is a perfect example of this! By using accessories you don't need so spend a ton of money and if you change your mind you won't feel guilty!

I love this look of adding just a touch of animal prints in a bathroom.. Just by using towels or other bath linens you can achieve your look without the space looking childish.

This is a more subtle option for some bedding.. The animal print is in the weave of the blanket rather than the print.

One of my favorite looks is with the use of an area rug. It adds just the touch you're looking for and is an inexpensive option. Here are a few of my favorites.

The easiest way to change the look of any room is to use throw pillows. I constantly change mine. And if you can make them yourself, you can cover ones you already have by just purchasing some fabric!

Now, if you're looking for a more permanent option you can go with something like this wallpaper from Ballard Designs. I think it would be most appropriately used as an accent rather than a whole room.

Some other easy accents include tablecloths, trays, lamp shades and seat cushions...

Lastly, if you're looking for another bold option why not go with a piece of accent furniture in an animal print? You can always reupholster something you already have or something found at a flea market or antique store to save a ton of money.

Do you have a design question you want answered? Just send me an email and I'd be happy to help with any project or idea you have!


  1. its Crystal... THANK YOU!!! love it!!! I knew you would come up with some great ideas! you're the best!!!

  2. Very nice and subtle! Watch "Jerseylicious" to get ideas of what NOT to do with animal prints. HA HA!

  3. These are great! I love animal print but my husband thinks it's girly and cheesy. These are some good ways to add a little without going overboard.