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Spice up Your Home Decor With Animal Prints

According to designer Eric Lysdahl, animal prints can really spice up your home. Here he shows how to coordinate pattern and texture to create an earthy, exotic motif.

Let your imagination run wild with animal prints. According to designer Eric Lysdahl, this stylish trend can really spice up your home decor and he shows how to coordinate pattern and texture to create an earthy, exotic motif:

  • Can tigers, cheetahs and leopards all roam together in one room? Absolutely. Now people are mixing bold animal prints all together so go wild. Lysdahl thinks they're earthy, masculine and timeless.

  • Take scale into consideration when using animal prints, especially if you're a novice. If you want to just introduce a small amount of it, don't choose a splashy, large-scale pattern when you're not accustomed to it.

Before: Black, White and Boring
Designer Joe Lehman helps homeowner Amy Coulston use funky faux animal motifs to give her living room a wild makeover. Before, this black and white living room was part playful/part Polynesian/part martini lounge. Overall, it's ready for a new style.

After: Bold Style
Now the space has real animal magnetism! The uninspired seating area has been transformed with animal prints all around, lending a distinctive flair to the space.

faux fur throw (T.J. Maxx)
red Flokati pillows (Linens 'n Things)
framed animal prints, leopard lamp with black shade, orange drapes, bamboo trees, pillow with feather trim, animal motif ceramic urn (Kroungold's Furniture)

Before: A Dead Space
These windows are dead space, the bookshelves are cluttered and the bar seems like an afterthought.

After: Strong Focal Point
Sheer drapes, large plants and placing the bar in front of the windows create a stunning and functional focal point.

faux fur throw (T.J. Maxx)
red Flokati pillows (Linens 'n Things)
framed animal prints, leopard lamp with black shade, orange drapes, bamboo trees, pillow with feather trim, animal motif ceramic urn (Kroungold's Furniture)

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