Why We’re Wild About This Trend

Safari Decorating Done Right! 

zebra wallpaper

Looking for a new decor trend? Well hop right on the safari bandwagon because this decorating theme is anything but boring! Wild without being over the top, modern without being too edgy and chic while sticking to the basics, this wonderful mix of patterns and prints, wood and bamboo, fashions a stylish haven that looks to have come from the pages of national geographic. If you’re worried about pulling it off just right, we’ve got some tips to styling the perfect sophisticated safari look below.

Animal Prints

Perhaps the #1 most important decorating piece, animal prints bring the African safari to you in way that’s sophisticated, luxurious and of course stylish. From zebra and giraffe prints to leopard and of course the famous cheetah, easily add a pop of jungle fever through a fashionable rug or fur lined bench or even a fabulous throw and decorative pillows!

faux leopard bench

Image via Homeedit.com

zebra rug

Image via West Elm

ralph lauren living room

Image via Ralph Lauren Home

Dark Wood

Rich stained wood perhaps goes the best with a palette that usually includes blacks, whites and browns. Off-setting rugged artifacts to black and white photographs, using pieces of dark furniture will equip your room with the sophistication it needs to steer clear of ending up in the category of “tacky”.

safari themed living room

Image via A Decorator’s Notebook Blog

kitchen safari

Image via House Beautiful

Photography & Portraits

Capturing the sheer size of animals in their natural habitat to the raw beauty of the sun setting in the Serengeti gives your space authenticity. Incorporating these real life images into your safari theme not only brings culture to your space but it remains grounded in the true beauty of this fascinating decor trend.

giraffe portrait

Image via Mix and Chic Blog

elephant photograph

Image via Pinterest

zebra photograph

Image via Brewster Home Fashions

African Inspired Artifacts

You don’t have to travel to Africa to complete your room. Unexpected pieces that look to have been collected from half a world away such as bamboo and wooden bowls, beautifully woven baskets, grasscloth and elephant statues, can tie your entire look together.

African basket feature wall

Image via The Vault Files

Safari themed kitchen

Image via Pinterest

Check out more Safari inspired spaces on our Pinterest board!

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Creating a Contemporary Sophistication with Animal Prints

Zebbie black & white zebra print wallpaper

Zebbie black & white zebra print wallpaper from the Zinc collection

Animal prints add a splash of exotic-chic beauty to a room. Both graphic and glamorous, these prints look fabulous in many different types of room decor, including posh, rustic, vintage, and modern. Weathering the test of time and in fact gaining prominence, animal prints in the home have a timeless allure. For a touch of whimsy, try unexpected hues, like purple cheetah print or turquoise zebra striped pillows or upholstery. For a more luxurious touch, indulge in rich leopard textiles. For a contemporary charisma, black and white zebra print is dynamic and fresh. Or, for a decadent and eccentric look, experiment with snake skin fabrics and finishes. Drawing inspiration from the wild animal kingdom, animal prints are a striking decor element that lend a captivating beauty to anything they touch. Enjoy the rooms below, showcasing famous designers animal print rooms and some of our favorite animal print wallpaper designs. For more inspiration, shop our animal print wallpaper designs.

Zebbie Taupe Zebra Print wallpaper from the Zinc Collection by Brewster home Fashions wallpaper

Zebbie Taupe Zebra Print wallpaper from the Zinc Collection by Brewster home Fashions wallpaper

Flavia Grey Embossed Snakeskin wallpaper from the Tresca wallpaper collection

Flavia Grey Embossed Snakeskin wallpaper from the Tresca wallpaper collection

Talamanca Beige Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper from the Ibiza wallpaper collection

Talamanca Beige Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper from the Ibiza wallpaper collection

Jimmy Choo's living room with a leopard print rug photo via Elle Decor

Jimmy Choo’s living room with a leopard print rug photo via Elle Decor

Python Olive Snakeskin wallpaper from the National Geographic collection

Python Olive Snakeskin wallpaper from the National Geographic wallpaper collection

Talamanca Blue Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper fromt he Ibiza wallpaper collection by Eijffinger

Talamanca Blue Abstract Leopard Print Wallpaper fromt he Ibiza wallpaper collection by Eijffinger

Donatella Versace living room mixes animal prints photo via Elle Decor

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