December 10, 2019 - No Comments!

Using Animal Prints in Your Home

Animal prints are back in a big way, and when you're a designer on the Big Island of Hawaii, you don't have to look far for inspiration.

Animal prints are back, and when you work as an interior designer on the Big Island of Hawaii you can find inspiration everywhere. Living on the Big Island is often like living in a zoo. For years, Donkey crossing signs warned people to watch for the abundant creatures crossing roads. The donkeys were relocated but the drive to work is still filled with goats, turkeys, wild boar and chickens...and that's just the main highways. In neighborhoods, dogs roam freely and cats stalk a wide variety of birds, including flocks of escaped parakeets. Oh, then there are the reptiles and bugs. Spotting a Jackson's Chameleon in your yard is awesome, a blue centipede not so much.

Animal prints have been inspiring Interior Designers for a long time. Here's a great article on their history in interior design. So which animals are providing inspiration for design these days? Here are a few fun examples.

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How designers use animal prints

Today designers are using animal prints in fun and fresh ways. However, with their often loud patterns and big statement, using them effectively takes a little finessing. Fortunately, designers know how to harness the power of pattern so you can have it your way from a subtle meow to a roar.

  • Try this wood hall chest from Lexington Home to give an otherwise traditional space a bit of wild.
  • These zebra side chairs from CB2 add pattern and punch in a neutral palette.
  • A carved elephant chair from Anthropologie would fit beautifully with island style furnishings
  • This neutral-tone doe skin tile rug from Flor is a subtle nod to the trend and would fit many styles
  • A green leopard mat from Ballard Designs is the perfect way to welcome guests

So take the leap and incorporate some animal into your interior. And, if you're a little nervous, just let us know how adventurous you are and we'll help you be comfortably on trend.

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