The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs

Style Guide

Posted by: Grace Fallon

06 June 2024

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (snakeskin rug)

 

From the soft, subtle hints of leopard spots to the striking stripes of a zebra, animal prints offer a daring yet versatile option for those looking to invigorate their living spaces. At Love-Rugs, our range of faux animal rugs brings the wilderness into your home so you can achieve that safari inspired interior.

In this style guide, we'll explore how these wild patterns can transform any room from ordinary to extraordinary. Whether you're a seasoned decorator or just starting to experiment with your home aesthetic, our tips will help you confidently incorporate animal print into your space.

Join us as we delve into the world of animal print interiors, featuring some of our favourite pieces like leopard print rugs and faux zebra skins. Let's unleash your wild side!

 

The Timeless Appeal of Animal Prints

Animal prints have a storied history, transcending time and trends to remain a fixture in both the world of fashion and interior design. From the lavish courts of European monarchs to the chic salons of 20th-century style icons like Madeleine Castaing, animal motifs have symbolised power, luxury, and an adventurous spirit.

 

The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (Madeliene Castaing's Salon)
Madeleine Castaing's Parisian salon.

 

In the home, these patterns bring the same versatility and exotic touch, blending classic allure with contemporary flair. Leopard print, with its versatile and seemingly neutral palette, easily adapts to a variety of decorating styles, adding sophistication and a touch of the wild to any room. At the time this blog is being written, leopard print has been experiencing a massive resurgence in the world of fashion, with many citing its neutral colour scheme as the reason - #leopardprintisaneutral

On the other hand, zebra rugs with their stark black and white stripes, offer a dramatic contrast that can act as a centrepiece or complement a minimalist aesthetic.

Meanwhile, the distinctive spots of a giraffe rug can introduce an unexpected element of fun and creativity into spaces that crave a unique statement.

Cowhide rugs, often celebrated for their natural shapes and textures, enhance rustic interiors as well as modern urban settings, proving that some elements of nature are truly timeless.

 

The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs

 

By incorporating these iconic prints, homeowners and designers alike can ensure their spaces remain both timeless and on-trend.

 

Choosing the Right Animal Print for Your Space

When integrating an animal print rug into your home, you should consider the overall ambiance you wish to create, the size and layout of the room, and the existing colour palette. Here’s a guide to help you choose an animal print that complements your interior while reflecting your personal style.

Assess Room Size and Functionality: The size of the rug should complement the dimensions of the space. A large zebra rug can make a bold statement in a spacious living room, its stripes drawing the eye and elongating the space. In contrast, smaller rooms benefit from subtler patterns, such as the refined spots on a leopard, giraffe, or doe print rug, which add texture without overwhelming.

Coordinate with Colour Schemes: Animal prints act as both neutrals and focal points in design. Consider the overall colour scheme of your room. For cooler toned rooms, a grey-toned leopard print can integrate smoothly. Warmer, earthier rooms may call for the rich browns of a faux cowhide rug, harmonising with wooden furnishings and natural elements.

Reflect Your Style Preferences: Animal prints are versatile and can adapt to many décor themes, from the classic to the avant-garde. For a sleek, modern look, consider the clean lines of a zebra rug. If your taste leans towards the unconventional, mix prints like cheetah and giraffe in accessory elements, ensuring there is a unifying colour or pattern.

Mind the Mood: The type of animal print can also influence the mood of a room. A cowhide rug might lend a rustic, earthy feel, suitable for a den or library, while a leopard print provides an element of luxury and sophistication, perfect for a formal living room or bedroom.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (faux cowhides)

 

By carefully considering these aspects, you can choose an animal print rug that enhances your space functionally and aesthetically. Whether you’re drawn to the bold stripes of a zebra, the exotic spots of a leopard, or the unique texture of cowhide, the right animal print can elevate your interior to a new level of elegance and style. 

 

Style Tips for Animal Print Rugs

Animal print rugs are not just beautiful and bold; they are also incredibly versatile, capable of enhancing any decorating style. Whether your home is a shrine to minimalism, a celebration of traditional values, or a cutting-edge modern space, here’s how you can incorporate animal print rugs to amplify your interior’s aesthetic.

Minimalist Interiors

Minimalism favours functionality and clean aesthetics, but that doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of patterns. A subtle giraffe print or small-scale leopard spots can add depth and interest without overwhelming the senses. Use these prints in soft, neutral colours to complement minimalist furniture, ensuring the rug provides comfort without clutter.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (minimalist leopard print rug)

 

Traditional Interiors 

Traditional décor benefits immensely from the rich, intricate patterns of animal prints. Consider a classic faux cowhide rug or a tiger print, which can add a touch of opulence and sophistication. Place these rugs in a reading nook, under a dining table, or alongside a grand fireplace to enhance the traditional charm with a touch of exotic flair.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (rustic faux brown hide rug)

 

Modern Interiors

In a modern setting, an animal print rug can serve as a striking focal point. Opt for rugs with bold zebra, leopard or snakeskin patterns. Place these rugs in areas with clean lines and monochrome colour schemes to make the print stand out. A large snakeskin rug under a sleek glass coffee table or anchoring a minimalist seating area can bridge the gap between stark modernity and inviting warmth.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (modern snakeskin rug)

 

By strategically choosing the right animal print rugs for your personal decorating style, you can create spaces that feel both timeless and on-trend. Remember, the key to styling with animal prints is to balance boldness with harmony, ensuring that these wild patterns enhance rather than overpower your desired décor theme.

 

Featured Products

Explore our handpicked selection of animal print rugs, each chosen for its unique style and quality. Whether you’re drawn to the classic elegance of a leopard print or the bold contrast of zebra stripes, you’ll find the perfect rug to elevate your home décor. Below, we've highlighted some of our top picks.

 

Simba 12268-100 Rug 

Immerse yourself in the subtle sophistication of the Simba Leopard Print Rug. Perfect for adding a touch of glamour to any room, this rug pairs beautifully with both contemporary and traditional furnishings.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (Simba leopard print rug)

 

 

Faux Hide Cow Print Brown/White Rug 

Experience the natural beauty and rustic charm of our Faux Hide Cow Print Rug. This classic rug would be a stunning focal point for any traditional living space.

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (faux hide cow print rug in brown and white)

 

 

Quantum QU03 Snake Rug 

Slither into style with the Quantum Snake Rug, perfect for modern interiors.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (Quantum snake rug)

 

 

Nova NV27 Zebra Grey Rug 

The Nova Zebra Rug is a bold statement piece that captivates with its black and white stripes. Ideal for modern interiors, it provides a dramatic focal point that is both chic and timeless.

 

Love-Rugs The Wild Side of Décor: Styling with Animal Print Rugs (Nova zebra grey rug)

 

 

Embrace the Adventure: Bringing Animal Prints Home

Animal print rugs are more than just decorative pieces; they are a testament to timeless style and versatility in home décor. Whether you opt for the elegance of leopard spots, the boldness of zebra stripes, or the unique texture of cowhide, each print brings its own character and flair to your living spaces. These rugs can transform a room, infusing it with luxury, warmth, and a hint of the wild.

At Love-Rugs, we believe that every home deserves a touch of distinctive style that reflects its owner's tastes and aspirations. We invite you to explore our full range of animal print rugs and discover the perfect piece to complement your décor.

Whether you're looking to refresh a single room or redefine your entire home, find your next statement rug with us. Visit Love-Rugs today and step into a world of style and sophistication.

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