Thursday, 17 January 2013

Animal prints help you go wild at home!

Using animal print in the home has always been popular and with the launch of BBC One’s latest David Attenborough masterpiece – Africa, we’ve decided to share our ideas about how best to incorporate animal prints into your interior design scheme.

Classic prints include leopard, tiger, zebra, giraffe and cheetah and you should ensure you select your favourite print, such as leopard and stick with that.  Don’t, for example, use a leopard throw with a tiger rug.   In fact the one golden rule about using these prints is to use sparingly!  Less is definitely more as too much and your room can go from sophisticated to tacky very quickly.  

One of the easiest ways to introduce animal print is with the introduction of a rug.  This animal print area rug can be your main focus with just a few other items around the room – such as a couple of cushions or some discerning pieces such as a vase or lamp.

The great things about animal print rugs is that they work well in any room – including the dining room, bedroom, home office and even in a bathroom. This is because they are really versatile and sit well in both a modern and traditional environment as either the focus of a room or as an accent rug.

There are lots of animal print home accessories available including wallpapers – but again use sparingly.  One wall, probably the smallest in the room, is enough to make a statement.  If you have got a tiger wall, ensure the other walls are light and plain.

Animal prints can be a safe bet for people who are a little nervous about interior design as the prints themselves set the theme. Thanks to their bold design which has been perfectly selected by Mother Nature herself, once you introduce a few animal prints, people will automatically assume you have design flair!

The BBC Africa crew spent four years making this outstanding series – but we’ve shopped around to find a few classic pieces that should transform your home a lot quicker.   Browse the internet yourself to find your wild side.  RugsAnimal prints help you go wild at home below are available from

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