Add texture, pattern, and metallic hues to your space with updated animal print accents. Using zebra, leopard, and python prints against sleek, modern furniture or to offset your classic pieces can easily bring luxury and sophistication to your room. From muted bedding to patterned walls, here are eight sleek and contemporary ways to add this new neutral to your decor.
This cruelty-free Zebra British Flag Rug ($875) is new at Jonathan Adler, and kind of cracking me up. I've always loved the Union Jack, and even though I'm a Yankee, I think its geometric design would make a wonderful addition to my home. I'm also pretty much over the zebra rug trend, so I think this is a playful alternative. Do you dig it?
The zebra trend is pretty played out at this point, especially when you're talking about genuine animal-hide rugs. But, now there are plenty of zebra print rugs that are actually hooked, and don't endanger any poor zebras. I love the Liora Manne Ravella Rug ($119-$1,349), which has a sort of charcoal-color zebra print. I thought I'd see if I could create two different looks with the rug, beginning with the most obvious, Hollywood Regency. I went for a some tufted velvet, lots of gilding, some graphic shapes, and nailhead trim to add glamour to the wild thing.
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If you're still feeling the zebra trend, but have yet to pick up on it, perhaps the Modern Dose Cowhide Zebra Rug ($475, from $575) is for you. It's certainly stylish, and its stripes will add a nice graphic quality to your home. But, this rug is more of a statement than a comfort piece; if you're going for a cozy lounge look, I'd try a Flokati or a shag rug instead. Bear in mind this au courant piece is made of cowhide (though not zebra), so if animal hide is not your flavor, then may I suggest my recent hand-tufted zebra rug steal, instead. If that one's not for you either, you can get your zebra on with a kilim stool, perhaps. Oh! And Modern Dose offers free shipping on all items, beat that!