Animal prints in interior design can be a tricky one. If done wrong, animal prints can make a room look tacky and kitsch. The trick is to use these prints sparingly. By giving that old antique armchair a new upholstery in an animal print, it will go from boring to a unique, eye-catching piece.

If you are not that brave, then just add a panther or giraffe print throw-pillow here and there. Or do an animal print on a small lampshade. 

To liven up a monochrome interior, adding a zebra print is something I do often in my designs. It adds some pattern and texture to minimalist interiors. But classic interiors will pop too with an accent chair upholstered in a cheetah print for example. And cow-hide carpets are great in loft-style interiors, paired with some Mid-Century furniture pieces.

When using animal prints, it does not mean you have to go Tribal all the way. Just keep it simple. I hope you will get inspired with these images below.

Animal Prints

Beautiful cowhide carpet, with a subtle pattern, in a cosy neutral loft-interior – via French by Design

Zebra on the floor, panther on the chair in a non-trashy way, well done – via The Decorista

Classic armchair in turqoise snakeskin, love it

via The O’Donell Collective

Classic armchair in zebra print, great one too

Two tiger-striped velvet upholstered vintage armchairs in the entranca hall of Giorgio Armani‘s summerhouse in St Tropez, France – via AD

Animal Prints

Python bench – via The Decorista

Ornamental classics and a panther print pillow – via Lonny

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Love this antique chair, upgraded with this cheetah print cushion – via LaMaisonPierreFrey

Lots of animal prints in the Manhattan apartment of Tiffany and Co. accesories designers Richard Lambertson and John Truex – via AD

Animal Prints

Little reading nook with cheetah wallpanels – via Colombe Design

I don’t know which animal print this is, but it’s certainly stylish – via Muse Interiors

Animal Prints

Detail of the lounge in the J.K. Place Fiorenze designed by Michele Bonan, a great hotel in Florence – via

Detail of a panther pillow in an interior designed by Benjamin Vandiver Interiors + Lifestyle

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Designer Colin Radcliffe bedroom in his London home, retro mixed with animal prints, on the verge of kitsch – via Sukio Design

A contemporary office in unmistakable Kelley Wearstler design with some bold pink snakeskin upholstery

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Another stair runner, is it giraffe, is it cheetah, the panther shoes are supernice too – via The Zhush

A pair of vintage Parsons chairs by Milo Baughman, re-upholstered in a leopard print, a big WOW

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A little ethnic corner in a city apartment done by interior designer by Natan Turner, zebra print on the classic stool, mud cloth curtains, lots of baskets with a huge fiddle fig plant, great combo

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