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 November 2015

Fresh Ideas for Your Home

Animal accents bring a wild touch of the outdoors into your home.

… And an unexpected splash of interest.

Bring a little wildlife from outdoors into your home with animal accents! Animal home accents include rugs, upholstery or drapery fabric, wall coverings, animal and bird prints, and more. Just one animal print in a room can become the engaging focal point!


Very popular right now are leopard and zebra print rugs. Or go outside the box with a pattern that depicts antelope, cheetah, tiger or giraffe. Animal print rugs are especially effective in small spaces, such as stairways, powder rooms or foyers – and these small rooms are a good place to start if you’re feeling nervous about adding a large amount of animal accents to your home. You can even buy animal print rugs in colors that aren’t realistic at all, such as a magenta and black striped zebra rug!


Animal wall art can include:


  • The famous Audubon prints or similar etchings or block prints of birds and animals

  • Photographs of animals that you take yourself or purchase

  • Even a stencil border that shows birds in flight or animals running or grazing


For sculptural animal art, think a decorative bird cage that can be empty, filled with plants or even housing a live bird! Sculptural animal art can sit on floors, tables or mantels, and can be made from a variety of materials including metal, ceramic, stone or Lucite.


Especially popular in home design today are Japanese and Chinese painted screens that depict birds or animals. These can be hung on a wall or used functionally as a partial room divider.


Take a walk on the wild side by adding a touch of animal prints to your home! We can help.

© 2015 Hunter Douglas

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