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5 Affordable and Timeless Trends You’ll Love

Creating a beautiful and functional space is hard. Making one that will stand the test of time is even trickier, and trying to do it all on a budget can feel next to impossible. But everyone deserves a home they love at a price they can afford. That’s why we asked our designers to select some timeless design trends that you can do yourself without breaking the bank.

Read on to learn how to create a timeless, chic, and AFFORDABLE look in your home!

Invest in Plants

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We’re kicking things off with perhaps the most evergreen timeless trend: plants! Think about it, plant life is the ultimate in timeless interior design and will never go out of style. After all, plants (whether living or faux) are affordable, textural, and shapely, adding drama and bringing life to your space. They’re also versatile and can transition from one interior design style to the next, making them an asset if you decide to change your decor to a new style but don’t want to start decorating from scratch.

Timeless tips for plants

Adding potted plants to surfaces such as bookshelves, mantles, or end tables is a great way to add a cozy and colorful accent to your space. You can also add larger plants to the corners of your room to soften the space, filling in any unwanted negative space in the room. To ensure that your plants blend seamlessly into the rest of your design, use plant holders that echo the rest of your decor. For example, woven baskets will look good in a boho-style room and neutral-colored concrete planters will work great in a minimalist space.

Need some plant care tips? Read our comprehensive guide!

Update Your Hardware

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Updating the hardware on your cabinetry is one of the easiest ways to bring new life, and a significant style impact, to your space. You can watch your room transform from trendy to classic in the time it takes to swap out some handles and nobs in your kitchen, making this timeless trend extremely easy and affordable.

Timeless tips for hardware

To ensure your land on a classic look that will stand the test of time, we suggest avoiding hardware too specific to a particular style. Instead, opt for hardware made from traditional materials. Brass, bronze, copper, or even glass are all great options to choose from. And selecting hardware with clean lines and simple design will ensure a classic, timeless interior design vibe in your space.

 

 

Embrace Calming Spaces

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One timeless trend we love is calming spaces. We love it so much that we’ve written about everything from the ancient design practice of Feng Sui to the calming effects of blue rooms. We know that having a relaxing and soothing space to retreat to is a necessity everyone deserves and so will never go out of style. Calming spaces tend to lean more minimal and curated, which can be more affordable because you’ll need to buy less to create a calming look.

Timeless tips for calming spaces

To create a calming and classic look in your space, stick to a neutral color palette and use patterns sparingly. We suggest a well-organized layout for a more minimal yet cozy look. Use storage to arrange your keepsakes and leave the space feeling more open and calming.

Play with Traditional Textures and Patterns

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Traditional textures and patterns like Turkish rugs, linen pillows, or jute baskets have the appearance of curated heirlooms. Incorporating them into even the most modern space can add a timeless, eye-catching quality, making the room more inviting.

Timeless tips for textures and patterns

Adding timeless textures and patterns may be more accessible (and affordable) than you think and can be achieved in a few easy steps:

  1. Decide which traditional patterns complement your style best, like pinstripes, plaid, or subtle floral in neutral colors.
  2. Select pillows, throws, and room accessories made of traditional materials in the patterns you like.
  3. Swap them with any trendier items you own.

Voila, you’ve just added a timeless and classic appeal to your space!

Invest in Vintage and Antique Home Goods

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Like traditional materials, adding a few thoughtfully chosen vintage or antique items to your space can make it feel curated and classic. Plus, vintage furniture and decor can often be found cheaper in secondhand shops, thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets, making it a more affordable option for furnishing your home. Finally, used items are an excellent choice for more sustainable interior design.

Timeless tips for vintage and antique Home Goods

We often work with customers who want to incorporate a vintage item into their design. We could go into detail about designing with antiques. But creating a totally timeless look using vintage and antique pieces in your home isn’t as hard as you may think. One option is to mix more ornate items, like a Victorian side chair, with more clean-lined modern foundational furniture. You can also try matching the materials of your antiques with any new decor to ensure a cohesive feeling between design styles.

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Wallpaper Designs and Styles We’re Loving Right Now

Wallpaper is no longer a design choice you only see in old, outdated homes. In the past several years, wallpaper has become a go-to way to bring pops of color and pattern into your home. And over the past year, it has jumped to the top of the interior design trend charts.

It’s becoming commonplace to use wallpaper in home design—to the point that it’s almost more surprising to see a newly designed home without wallpaper than it is to see one with wallpaper. Of course, wallpaper isn’t for everyone. But we believe that it can add such a fun visual element to a room design!

Bedroom with ornate bird themed wallpaper

While many people may think of their grandmother’s home or a Victorian mansion when they think of wallpaper, current designs go far beyond the stuffy patterns of decades past. Today, you can find a wallpaper pattern to suit any style. Yes, there is still plenty of traditional floral, damask, and Chinoiserie patterns to be found (but in beautiful, updated designs—like the lovely wallpaper used by Kate Arends in her primary bedroom redesign). But there is also a multitude of bold geometric patterns that are perfect for modern spaces.

We’d love to introduce you to some of our favorite wallpaper designs. Featuring a variety of designs that suit a multitude of design styles, these trendy wallpaper patterns can level-up any room’s design. Scroll down for our top 12 favorite wallpaper designs, which play into some of 2022’s best wallpaper trends!

But first, we’ll give you a quick primer on the different types of wallpapers so you can find the one that best suits your needs.

Types of Wallpaper and Wall Coverings

Crate and barrel black and white plaid pattern wall paper

Black and Ivory Removable Wallpaper, Crate & Barrel

Gone are the days of being limited to semi-permanent, pasted-on wallpaper applications. While that’s definitely still an option for those looking for a long-term design, there are also plenty of more temporary (and affordable) options available.

Unpasted Rolls

This is the most traditional method of wallpaper application. It involves starting with rolls of wallpaper and literally pasting sheets to your wall. This obviously results in a more permanent wall fixture, since you can’t remove it without a lot of elbow grease and glue-dissolving solution. The benefit of this method, however, is that it’s very durable meaning it rarely requires touch-ups. Plus, many traditional wallpaper rolls are washable to keep them looking great long-term!

Pre-Pasted Rolls

Pre-pasted wallpaper is sort of an in-between option that’s easier (and less messy) than unpasted rolls, but still more permanent than peel-and-stick wallpaper. This type of wallpaper comes with dried glue already applied to the back of the wallpaper that’s activated by adding water.

Self-Adhesive (Or Peel & Stick)

If you’re looking for wallpaper that’s more temporary, try peel and stick wallpaper. This is a newer technology with wallpaper which makes it easier to put up and take down, without leaving dried glue behind. This is ideal for those living in rentals or looking for a temporary design solution. However, peel-and-stick wallpaper rolls tend to be less durable—but ultimately the quality varies with the price point.

 

1. Feather by Serena & Lily

 

Blue and white chevron pattern wallpaper in coastal bedroom

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Serena & Lily has some beautiful wallpaper designs. And we particularly love this graphic print! The pattern is inspired by traditional herringbone and chevron patterns but has a more organic spin.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Coastal spaces. It has a slightly playful quality to it, which can help balance out the more formal elements of this design style. And the blue and white color palette perfectly complements the classic color scheme of coastal spaces, offering the perfect backdrop to natural materials.

2. Urban Walls Marigold Wallpaper by Pottery Barn Kids

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Soft and whimsical, this floral wallpaper adds a delicate touch to any space. Featuring an abstract, watercolor-inspired take on the floral wallpaper design trend, this pattern is soothing and serene—perfect for an accent wall or above wainscotting, like in the room above!

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Kids rooms and nurseries. A whimsical look is perfect for little ones! But it would also be beautiful in a bathroom or as an accent wall in an adult’s bedroom. This beautiful print is not just for kids!

3. Humming Marsh Wallpaper, Anthropologie

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This wallpaper pattern has some major retro vibes! Perfect for adding a cheerful pop of color and pattern to your space, this wallpaper print takes biophilic design and gives it a whimsical twist! It’s a fun and versatile print that can be used on anything from accent walls to little nooks where you just want a little pop of personality!

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who gravitate toward a more bohemian, eclectic, or whimsical design style. It’s also a good fit for those who love retro mid-century vibes.

4. Grasscloth Wallcovering, Serena & Lily

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Want something more than paint on your walls but aren’t quite ready for full-on patterned wallpaper? Perhaps it’s worth trying grasscloth wallpaper! This style of wallpaper is crafted of natural grasses and fibers, which gives it a textured finish. But it comes in a solid color—giving your walls a lot of visual interest but without a pattern. Grasscloth wallcoverings are among the top wallpaper trends for more formal spaces.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who gravitate toward classic and coastal design styles. The texture of grasscloth feels elevated, with its rich color and natural texture. But it also has an organic quality that adds warmth to your space.

5. Mosaic Scallop, Crate & Barrel

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We love the elegance of these scalloped arches. This wallpaper design is a classic pattern in an even more classic black and white color scheme, the design is a great way to bring some large-scale drama into your space. We love that this pattern feels both vintage-inspired and modern, which makes it work well with a variety of styles and color palettes.

Type of Wallpaper: Self-Adhesive Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Fans of Art Deco design (just look at those scalloped arches!) and those who want to bring to life a modern take on 80s design. The arches, combined with a black and white palette are also a great way to bring some pattern into a minimalist glam space.

6. Blossom Chinoiserie Mural, Anthropologie

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Chinoiserie patterns have been around for centuries; inspired by Chinese and Japanese art, this type of wallpaper design first came into fashion in 18th century Europe. It’s probably because of that timing that this wallpaper style is often associated with grand European manors—but we love that this particular take on Chinoiserie feels updated and fresh while still having classical appeal. It feels like one giant piece of artwork!

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Panels

This pattern is perfect for…

Those with a classically inspired design style, and those who embrace the grandmillenial look. And, since Chinoiserie often features stylized flower and bird motifs, this pattern is a great choice for those leaning into the biophilic design trend that’s super popular right now.

7. Handloom, Magnolia Home

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Want just a little bit of pattern on your walls? Go for this Magnolia Home wallpaper. It’s the type of wallpaper where you can use it on all four walls (instead of just an accent wall) and you could also still hang art over it. It’s a great way to add patterns to your space without creating too much visual stimulus!

Type of Wallpaper: Pre-Pasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Almost anyone! It’s very versatile across styles—from rustic and transitional to farmhouse and traditional. It’s also great for minimalists and those with a more classic design style since it’s such a subtle, refined print.

8. Cloud Motif, West Elm

Bedroom with bold cloud inspired wallpaper in turqouise

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If you want a pattern that’s a bit more abstract, give this Cloud Motif wallpaper a try. Bold blues are having a major moment in interior design trends, and this pattern plays right into that. Bold blues add loads of color for visual impact in your space—but the abstract print makes a bold statement without being overwhelming. In fact, the pattern has an almost calming effect.

Type of Wallpaper: Pre-Pasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who like creating a moody look in their home. This pattern has some slightly vintage vibes, which you could either lean into use as contrast with modern pieces, like we did in the room design above. This wallpaper would also be great for someone embracing a dark academia vibe.

9. Herbal Moss, Anthropologie

Changing station with nature inspired wallpaper

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What a charming design! This wallpaper design features a charming collection of ferns and herbs. The design adds vintage charm and an organic feeling touch to any space. We love how it’s used in the design above, as a little pop of pattern in a closet-turned-changing-station.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Kids rooms and nurseries. With its whimsical quality, this wallpaper design would add instant charm to these spaces. However, it also nails the biophilic design trend, so it would be great as an accent wall in any space embracing that trend! It would be perfect in a traditionally inspired study or library.

10. Palmetto, Serena & Lily

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A bold take on a traditional pattern, Serena & Lily’s Palmetto pattern is an updated take on a classic damask pattern. The organic lines of the pattern feel almost hand-painted, while the colors help strike a balance between classical and bohemian.

Type of Wallpaper: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those looking to merge modern and traditional design styles. This wallpaper design is the perfect marriage of these two styles and would serve as a beautiful accent wall in a living or dining room.

11. Etched Arcadia Mural, Anthropologie

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We love the graphic black and white appeal of this wall mural. The towering trees and vast sky featuring on the design has a classic, vintage-inspired vibe. This mural would look beautiful as a focal point behind furniture in contrasting colors.

What’s the difference between wallpaper and wall murals?

While most wallpaper features repeating patterns, wall murals are a little different. With a wall mural, you just get one image, on a large scale. Often featuring nature-inspired or landscape designs, they feature a large-scale design that can transport you. Wall murals perfectly blur the lines between large-scale art and a wallpapered accent wall. These can come in unpasted, pre-pasted, or peel-and-stick panels.

Type of Wallpaper: Self-Adhesive Panels

This pattern is perfect for…

Someone looking for a bold accent wall that can serve as a focal point for their space. Moody but classical, this wall mural would suit homes with minimalistic eclectic design styles.

12. Pimpernel by William Morris

Nursery with William Morris wallpaper

Archival patterns are having a major trend moment in 2022, and this wallpaper pattern is the perfect embodiment of this wallpaper trend. A favorite of our VP of Style, Alessandra Wood, who used it in her baby’s nursery design, this wallpaper is a traditional pattern by William Morris—a designer of classic wallpaper motifs. This one features floral trellises with strong symmetry. We’re big fans of floral prints and patterns; they can add so much visual interest and pattern without overpowering a space.

Wallpaper Type: Unpasted Rolls

This pattern is perfect for…

Those who love a vintage vibe, rooted in the traditional. Floral patterns like these are perfect for a cottagecore-style home. And, as you can see, it’s a sweet, unexpected pattern for a nursery!

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Trend Spotlight: Meet Boucle, the New “It” Fabric of the Design World

There’s a textile that’s taking the design and fashion world by storm. Perhaps you’ve seen it (or felt it!) but didn’t know what it was called. Or maybe you know the name but have no idea how to pronounce it. What is this fabric we speak of? Boucle. It’s become quite the “it” fabric in the interior design world over the past two years. So, we thought it was about time to give you all a proper introduction to this textural and oh-so-soft fabric.

What is Boucle?

Boucle is a very chunky, heavy fabric with serious texture. It’s made of nubby, looped fibers which are very soft to the touch. (Similar to the soft fluffiness of sherpa.) Historically, boucle fabric was made of wool or mohair, with the word boucle referring to both the yarn and the fabric made from the yarn. But today, you can find boucle fabric woven from all sorts of materials—from cotton and linen to wool blends, polyester, and rayon.

The word boucle comes from the French word boucler, which means “to curl.” (You know, because of those curly-looking looped fibers!) And how do you pronounce this fabric’s name? Boo-clay. (You’re welcome.)

We love the cozy texture and super soft feel of this trendy fashion fabric, which can bring that magical je ne sais quoi to any room it’s in by offering incredible visual texture and depth.

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Is Boucle Durable and Practical?

With its looped, textural finish, boucle looks (and feels) amazon. But is it practical? We’ve all spilled food on our sofas or gotten drops of coffee on a throw pillow—so you probably want to know if boucle can stand up to daily wear and tear. And rightfully so!

Here’s what we can tell you: Boucle has a low liquid absorption, so spills are easier to clean than on other fabrics. And it doesn’t get matted down or shed like sheepskin or sherpa fabric tends to. It holds up to sunlight, generally resisting fading, and its looped fibers are very durable. However, because of these looped fibers, it does tend to hold onto pet hairs. And while boucle doesn’t exclusively come in shades of white and cream, a majority of boucle upholstery does sit in the light neutrals camp—so, as with any white sofa, there are risks.

But overall, it’s a surprisingly durable upholstery choice for furniture and decor!

How to Decorate with Boucle

While you’ll probably most often see boucle used on sculptural, modern sofas and chairs, this material is being applied to all sorts of furniture and decor, in many different shapes and sizes. Scroll down to see some of the best ways to use bouclé fabric in your home’s design. Keep calm and cozy on!

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1. Boucle Sofa

If you want to go all out with a boucle, opt for a boucle sofa (or two!). You’ll not only end up with a major style statement in your living room, but you’ll also have a super soft sofa. (Now that’s a win-win.)

Some people feel that boucle is more of a winter fabrice—but the reality is that you’re not going to swap out a boucle sofa for something else in the summer, like you would throw pillows or duvet covers. So, a boucle sofa is a better choice if you live in a colder climate (or if you don’t mind sitting on boucle fabric in the heat of summer!).

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2. Boucle Dining Chairs

Boucle dining chairs are a more low-key way to integrate boucle into your home’s design. This fabric makes for super cozy dining chairs, especially if you’re someone who loves to host dinner parties! This is a less practical choice if you have young kids or don’t want to stress about keeping them clean!

However, you can always use boucle dining chairs elsewhere around your home. In the design above, we used them as extra seating in a home office!

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3. Boucle Armchair

Boucle is endlessly cozy—making it the perfect upholstery choice for a chair in a reading nook! An overstuffed boucle armchair will help create the ultimate cozy reading zone, giving you the perfect place to snuggle up with a book. Try it in your living room or even as a reading nook in your bedroom!

Boucle ottoman in modern livingroom

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4. Boucle Ottoman

Ottomans and poufs are a great way to dabble in decor trends without committing to it in a big way. After all, these are smaller, movable pieces of furniture that can easily be moved from room to room. So, boucle-covered ottomans and poufs are a great, small way to incorporate this fabric into your home’s design. They can add a pop of texture to any space. And with boucle’s softness, a boucle ottoman would be great in a living room—but also a super fun addition to a kids’ space!

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5. Boucle Pillows

Throw pillows are another small but simple way to incorporate boucle into your home decor. Swapping out your pillows is a great way to make a seasonal update. You can easily pull out those boucle pillow covers in the winter, then retire them during warmer months. And since pillow covers are relatively inexpensive, this is a great way to try out the boucle trend without a major financial commitment.

Designer Tip: Boucle pillows are a great addition to your cozy winter decor—and boucle happens to pair beautifully with velvet!

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6. Boucle Bed Frame

If you want to go all in on embracing cozy vibes year-round, consider a boucle bed frame. A bed is a place to snuggle up and relax, making boucle a great fit for an upholstered bed. A shelter headboard like the one pictured above creates an enveloping feel so you’ll be wrapped up in a cozy cocoon every time you crawl into bed!

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7. Boucle Bench

An upholstered boucle bench is the happy medium if you’re looking for a larger way to incorporate boucle but don’t want to commit to something so foundational as a sofa or bed frame. It rides the line between being a smaller decorative accent item and a larger functional piece—and may we just say, it does so quite elegantly.

The boucle bench pictured above makes a definite style statement, but the benefit of a bench is that you can easily move it from room to room if you want to change things up. And that simply leaves you with a fun, sculptural piece that will have everyone saying, “Oooh! Where did you get this?!”

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8. Boucle Rugs

Plot twist! While boucle is generally an upholstery material, it isn’t confined to just that. In fact, as we mentioned at the top of the post, boucle not only refers to the finished material but also to the yarn used to make the material. And do you know what that means? You can also cover your floors in a luxurious coating of boucle with a boucle rug! Talk about super soft and cozy underfoot!

Designer Picks: Our Favorite Boucle Products in the Modsy Catalog

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Our Designers’ Favorite Ways to Decorate With Animal Print

Cheetahs, leopards, zebras, oh my! Animal prints are fun, bold patterns to use in home design and decor. These decorative motifs that add a luxurious, glamorous pop to any space. While they’re often associated with Hollywood Glam style, animal prints can truly be used in any decor scheme.

Want to learn more about animal print decor? We’re unpacking the different types of animal prints, discussing if it’s still trending, and showing you some different ways to incorporate animal prints into your home’s decor!

Are animal prints in style for 2021 and 2022?

The short answer? Yes! Animal prints are all over the fashion world and are a major trend for Fall/Winter 2022. But the animal print trend isn’t just for clothing. It’s a truly classic interior design motif that never really goes out of style. So, even when animal prints aren’t at the top of the trend list, these motifs will still look amazing in your home. In fact, animal prints are great if you want to design a timeless home.

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Popular Types of Animal Prints

What are the animal prints that are used in interior design? Well, pretty much any animal that has a beautifully patterned coat will make for amazing animal print decor. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Cheetah Print
  • Leopard Print
  • Tiger Stripes
  • Zebra Stripes
  • Dalmatian Spots
  • Giraffe Print
  • Tortoiseshell Print

Cheetah vs Leopard Print: What’s the Difference?

Wondering how to spot the difference between cheetah and leopard prints? Both of these feline-inspired prints are quite popular in interior design. And at a glance they may seem like they’re one and the same. But there are actually some differences between the spots of these two felines.

Leopards have tawny or warm golden tan coats with spots (called rosettes). The rosettes tend to be somewhat c-shaped and have a black border and a light-brown interior. Cheetahs have a beige and black-spotted coat. The base color is lighter than that of a leopard, and the spots are closed and fully black. They also tend to be smaller and closer together than leopard rosettes.

Some animal-print enthusiasts say that cheetah print decor is superior to leopard print decor and has a more sophisticated vibe. But we say it’s simply a matter of preference, as both are beautiful and fun patterns!

How to Incorporate Animal Print Decor into Your Home

Ready for some practical examples and design ideas? Read on for some of our favorite ways—both bold and subtle—to incorporate animal print decor into your home!

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1. Animal Print Pillows

Animal print pillows add texture and pattern to any space where throw pillows are used—from living room and bedrooms to an entryway bench or a reading nook.

How to Make it Work

Since animal print pillows offer a smaller surface for the print, you can definitely mix them with other patterns, like stripes or plaid. However, they also look great as stand-alone patterns in a room, with solid-colored pillows and upholstery.

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If you want to dabble in animal print decor but aren’t ready to make a huge commitment. Pillows are a good place to start if you’re unsure about animal print!

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2. Animal Print Rug

Animal print is a bold pattern for a rug! But it can add an amazing style statement to your room. You can find options where the print is oversized (like room above) or smaller scale—what you choose simply depends on personal preference. Large-scale prints will feel more bold, while smaller-scale prints will be more subtle.

How to Make it Work

When decorating with an animal-print rug, keep other prints to a minimum to not overwhelm the room. Offset the busyness of the rug with large pieces of solid-colored furniture, like the sofa pictured above, which grounds the rug.

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For a sophisticated, modern glam look! This would also be a really fun design choice in a teen’s bedroom to add a pop of personality!

Want to turn up the boldness dial even more? Check out two extra-bold animal print rug options, below.

 

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3. Faux Animal Hide Rug

Want to add some extra drama to an already dramatic print? Choose a rug, like the one pictured above, that features an animal print in the shape of an animal hide. This tiger rug is an attention-grabbing and glam design choice that adds a really fun pop of personality and instant drama to your space. Faux animal hides with bold animal prints can be paired with other bold patterns—like this room, with the striped coffee table and tropical-print pillows.

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4. Off-Color Animal Print Rug

Who says animal print has to be its natural color? If you want to add an extra pop of color to an already playful pattern, try out animal prints in color schemes that defy nature! Here, the aqua green leopard print adds a vibrant pop to this fun dining space! (Of course, this isn’t limited to rugs. You can also do off-color animal prints in pillows, wallpaper, and more!)

5. Animal Print Wallpaper or Art

Another way to make a big style statement in a room? Animal print wallpaper. Whether decorating with zebra print or tiger stripes, dalmatian or cheetah spots, or even a repeating peacock feather print, animal print wallpaper is a great way to add a big moment of pattern to your space.

If you don’t want to go quite that bold, you can opt for animal print wall art instead. Framing a large print of your favorite animal print adds a splash of pattern and personality but with a lower level of commitment than wallpaper. (You could also jump on the animal art trend bandwagon if you want to feature the whole animal and not just the print!)

How to Make it Work

Animal print wallpaper is best on an accent wall rather than a whole room; animal prints are bold and busy, and wallpapering a whole room with animal print would be visually overwhelming. Similar to an animal print rug, in the typical room, you’ll want to keep other patterns to a minimum in a room where patterned wallpaper is used. Unless you’re a maximalist, that is. In that case, go all out, like in the room pictured above!

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For those who like making bold statements with interior design. Animal print wallpaper (or art) would be great in a home looking for some glam design ideas.

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6. Upholstered Animal Print Dining Chairs

Animal print on dining chair seats? Très chic! This adds a high-fashion vibe to a dining room, which is a fun but unexpected place to incorporate this print.

How to Make it Work

Since this is a bold way to incorporate animal print into a more formal space, consider looking for removable cushion covers with the animal print of your choice, so you can swap them out later if your style changes. You could certainly choose attached cushions or a fully upholstered dining chair with animal print upholstery—but this will be more expensive to replace if you ever want to do something other than animal print.

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For more neutral dining rooms where animal-print cushions or upholstery can really pop as the only pattern in the room.

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7. Animal Print Accent Chairs

Turn up the heat with animal print accent chairs! This is definitely a bolder statement—as is any printed accent chair. But, depending on the pattern you choose and the other furniture and decor you have in a space, it can feel more or less subtle. For example, this small-scale leopard print with ombre coloring adds visual texture and depth but isn’t over the top. Meanwhile, something like decorating with zebra print or tiger print will feel bolder and draw more attention to itself.

How to Make it Work

As with other animal print decor, pulling off the look of animal print accent chairs is simply a matter of what else you pair with it. This living room does a great job adding animal print in a subtle way. To get the look, balance out the animal print with a neutral sofa and natural materials like wood and rattan.

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If you want to make a bolder statement with animal print and aren’t afraid to incorporate it in a more permanent and prominent way. It’s also a perfect choice for people who want a classic, glamorous look in their home.

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8. Animal Print Stool

A stool is an easy and practical way to add a bit of animal print to your home. You could choose an animal-print stool for a vanity stool, a living room pouf or ottoman, or even a kitchen island stool. Or as an extra seat in a home office, like pictured above! In this design, the zebra print draws the eye in and makes for a bold statement!

How to Make it Work

This is one of the easiest ways to incorporate animal print decor into your home. Stools are already accent furniture, which means they can blend in or stand out as much as you’d like. Simply choose a stool that features the animal print of your liking and use it as a visual “pop” in any room of the house.

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If you’re looking for a fun-but-less-permanent way to add animal print to your home, since stools can be easily moved around and repurposed in new places around your home.

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Animal Instinct: 7 Ways to Try the Animal Portrait Trend in Your Home

The stranger art trend has been picking up steam for a while now. While it’s a trend we love, we know that sometimes it can be a struggle to find that perfect vintage portrait, or maybe the idea of someone else’s great-grandfather watching over your living room is simply just too creepy for you. A fun and more approachable alternative, we’re currently crushing on the idea of hanging animal portraits in our homes.

Animal art doesn’t have to mean that horse poster you had in your bedroom growing up. Here we’ve curated seven pieces of animal art that are just as whimsical and quirky as a stranger’s portrait, but decidedly more humorous and approachable.

Check out these seven animal portraits below and try them on in your space with Modsy!

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1. Highland Cow No. 1, Kingdom by Randal Ford

If your style is… Rustic, eclectic, or modern

Looking to add a little humor into your home? This portrait of a highland cow named Gertrude, might do the trick. Between her shaggy mop of hair and her slightly tilted head, you can’t help but fall in love with this bombshell blonde.

Photographed by Randal Ford, this limited edition photograph comes from his Kingdom series, a collection of intimate animal portraits. Available in a range of sizes and framing options, this limited edition work, along with other members of the Kingdom series, is the perfect addition to the home of any animal lover.

 

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2. School of Fish, Williams Sonoma

If your style is… Traditional or classic

A school of scaly fish swimming against a backdrop of deep blue makes for a less intimate portrait of the animal world, but one that’s sure to make a statement in your home. This giclee reproduction of an original oil painting is full of texture and intricate details, making it look like a one-of-a-kind work of art.

If you’re looking for a work of art to crown your linen sofa or leather club chair, School of Fish is the perfect piece to polish off a truly traditional look. We paired ours with a wooden decoy swan and a brass task lamp for an American Traditional reading nook.

 

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3. Golden Gait, by Andrew McClintock for Minted

If your style is… Chic or industrial

If you like a bit of glam in your space but don’t want it to feel over-the-top, Andrew McClintock’s sprinting cheetah print might be the perfect pick for you. Here our cheetah gets abstracted into a collection of 2D graphic spots. It’s a familiar chic staple with a minimalist twist.

Not chic enough for you? The print is also available in gold for an extra dose of glamour. We paired ours with a black leather chair and gold accents for a look that’s equally chic and edgy.

 

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4. Blue Bird Art – Jay, Ballard Designs

If your style is… Classic and elegant

For anyone looking to add a bit of animal elegance to their home, these blue jays might make the perfect addition. Based on the animal drawings by John James Audubon, this piece would fit well into a range of spaces from the naturalist’s study to the the most elegant living room.

The print has a companion work if you’re looking to fit two birds into one shopping cart – try them together over a bed frame or as pendant pieces hanging on opposite sides of a fireplace or doorway.

 

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5. Llama Framed Print, by Jennifer Meyers for Pottery Barn

If your style is… Eclectic or modern

A framed portrait of a llama in profile, Llama by Jennifer Meyers is an all-time favorite of eclectic interiors. Minimal in its color palette and rich in texture, this print will add a note of whimsy and humor to any space.

Available in a range of sizes and shapes, we love it as a non-cheesy option for kids’ spaces that can totally be repurposed to other rooms down the line.

 

 

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6. Icelandic Ram by Robert and Tiffany Peterson, Artfully Walls

If your style is… Rustic or minimal

Escape to Iceland with this framed print of a ram stopping to say hello. Set against a majestic landscape, Icelandic Ram by photographer duo, Robert and Tiffany Peterson, is the perfect addition to any rustic interior.

You might have spotted it before in our Icelandic Bedroom Collection, but don’t be afraid to hang it in your living room, office, or even entryway!

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7. Dog With Cone print by Michael Sowa, Art .com

If your style is… Eclectic or whimsical

Fans of the movie Amelie might recognize this print from her eclectic Parisian apartment. Part of a larger series of playful animal portraits by Michael Sowa, this Dog with Cone print is a tried-and-true eclectic favorite.

Get the full Amélie look and try it in your bedroom with it’s other half, or add a playful note to a child’s bedroom or nursery. Even hang it above your dog’s bed as an homage to your four-legged friends.

 

Got a favorite piece of animal art? Tell us in the comments below!