Decorating with Zebra Print the Right Way

June 22, 2017

Most people have gone through a safari decorating phase with zebra, leopard, and tiger prints all over a room. So, chances are good that you are saying you have no intention of going down that road again. Well, before you stick your nose in the air, consider giving zebra print one more try. You don't need to have a safari theme again to incorporate this print into an elegantly decorated room. Using it just as an accent will make a huge impact on the space, and you may be surprised that the room looks contemporary, and not at all like you are trying to recreate the African jungle in your home. Follow this guide, and you are sure to be impressed.

  • Black Furniture - A black bed, dressers, and nightstands are ideal. If you are in the market for a new bed and you are following this guide, consider a four-post one. Avoid anything with a lot of detail since you are going to want the zebra print to be the focal point, even though there won't be much of it.

  • Simple Rug - You can have a cream and black rug, but it should be very simple. This is too large of an element for a busy zebra print. If you have dark floors or carpet choose a cream rug with traces of black running through. A light floor needs a black rug with cream accents.

  • Add a Little Taupe - Adding a little taupe, or similar beige shade will soften the transition between the cream and black. You could paint all of your walls taupe and use cream on the trim or leave all walls cream and just add taupe for an accent wall. Taupe is also ideal for curtains, especially if they are trimmed in black.

  • Bedding - A plain cream comforter is ideal. Use black or taupe sheets, and use all three colors in your decorative pillows.

  • Lamp Shades - Cream light shades trimmed in black are perfect. Lighter shades offer a nicer glow while illuminated.

Olympus Falls Marble Wall Fountain

Olympus Falls Marble Wall Fountain
Dimensions: 75"W x 54"H x 6"D

  • Create a Focal Point - One of the biggest mistakes people make decorating with a theme is neglecting to add a focal point. Wall mounted water fountains are ideal because they don't need a lot of detail to make a strong impact. Mirror wall mounted water fountains are perfect because they won't contrast with the other elements in the room. If you want something a bit bolder, consider black spider marble.

  • Add Zebra Elements - You are probably thinking there is not much more to add where you can use the zebra print. That's because a little goes a long way. A zebra print bench at the end of the bed, a few pillows, and perhaps one other element, such as a candle or blanket over the arm of a chair is all you need.





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