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Achieving A Balance with Animal Elements in Home Interior Design

Using animal elements in your interior design may raise a few eyebrows to some, but an applause from others. The use of animal elements in interior design is a broadly polarized concept. If you ask a number of people, you’ll get radically different answers to that inquiry.

The question then comes to homeowners, should you use animal prints in your upcoming home upgrade? To address this issue, we break down the concept itself, along with some tips to help you achieve the balance of including such elements in your home interior design.

Understanding Animal Elements

Not all animal elements in interior design are the same. Animal elements is a general term that refers to many things. Zebra, cougar, cheetah and even cowhide are all considered animal elements.

Very often, animal elements are linked to sentiments of decadence. Actual fur and animal skins used to be very expensive and unaffordable. As such, they were linked to a certain status in the past. Today, animal elements are usually added to cruelty-free fabrics and textiles. They can bring a lot of drama and create a focal point when used correctly.

Some of the most noticeable and controversial animal elements are those linked to big cats. In fashion, these have been linked to tacky pieces. Such elements, however, add timeless texture to interior design, especially if they get paired with some muted and a bit more neutral elements.

Why Do Animal Elements Have a Bad Reputation?

To begin, they have been way overused. Additionally, animal elements are very distinctive and very noticeable. As such, they can be difficult to tone down and pair with other elements. Whenever the respective element is overused, it starts “screaming” instead of making a delicate and luxurious statement.

If you manage to find the right element for your home and you strike balance with the rest of the interior design elements, you can end up with a really luxurious execution. Relying on such patterns and textured, however, veers into dangerous territories. Any misstep will lead to kitsch instead of class. That’s why getting a professional interior designer involved in the project makes the most sense.

Tips for the Incorporating Animal elements in Interior Design

You can do a few simple things to get animal elements working inside your home.

For a start, opt for the right kind of layering. If you have a monochromatic sofa, for example, you can create a fun accent piece by having a couple of zebra-patterned throw pillows on it. A black and white execution will work really well and allow you to pair elements that have different patterns and textures together.

There are also some fun and unusual ideas, allowing you to bring animal elements in an element other than a textile piece.

Featuring a giraffe wall element, for example, will give you something a bit more unorthodox and unique to place in your living room. While the piece is small enough, it’s usually displayed in a way that makes a statement. Having an animal element used as a form of art will break up the stereotype and add a bit of freshness to the décor.


Because animal elements are polarizing, they will always make a statement. If bold style is your thing, this is the element to choose for a renovation. Contact Dreamakers Interiors and together, our designers will work with you make the most of the trend and the delicious controversy that it brings to the table.


At Dreamakers Interior we believe that every space has the potential to become unique, harmonial and beautiful. We are proud of what we do and are prepared to work overtime to guarantee that you are satisfied with the way your space looks. From full-scale projects to small renovations, we invite you to take a look at our gallery and see what we have done. Below are some of our favorite projects. If you need professional help for design conceptualization or space planning, let us know.

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