Exotic animal print has been used as decor for centuries. Fortunately, the beautiful creatures inspiring these eye-catching patterns no longer must give their skins to accent a home. Leopard print reigns as a popular favorite, adding contrast, texture and intensity to home textiles and decorative accents.
Leopard print makes a dramatic statement in living rooms, from small decorative accents such as candles and vases to wall-to-wall spots with bold carpeting. When covering a large area with a busy pattern such as leopard, keep a balanced look with solid upholstery on furniture and a large-scale print on a few accessories.
Add interest to a conversation area with a sofa or chair upholstered in leopard print. Use it to liven up a quiet neutral color scheme or for contrast against a solid background.
Complement leather, suede or solid microfiber upholstery in neutral colors with leopard accent pillows or a throw draped over the corner of a sofa or on the back of a chair. Anchor a conversation area with a leopard print rug.
Hallway, Foyer or Staircase
Make a staircase or hallway pop with the eclectic look of a leopard print runner. Create a fashionable entryway featuring leopard upholstery on a bench or chair. Accessorize a foyer table with a leopard lamp or go bold with leopard print wallpaper.
Total Wall Covering has leopard print wallpaper in various colors and print sizes.
Leopard print is a popular pattern for bedding, often mixed with other animal prints on paneled comforters, blankets and bed spreads. The natural hues of tan and brown leopard pair nicely with bright colors such as hot pink and turquoise.
The print itself also looks amazing in wild colors, perfect for teen and kid bedrooms, such as:
- Neon green
- Hot pink
- Blue or turquoise
A large leopard print wall stencil makes an interesting accent wall or it can wrap around corners in an irregularly shaped ribbon. Peel and stick wall decals make it even easier to add spots to walls or use a more subtle approach with leopard mirror and picture frames.
A vanity table chair or small conversation area sprinkled with a dash of leopard upholstery adds flair to a master bedroom.
Where to Buy
- Wayfair offers leopard comforter sets and bed-in-a-bag combos with prints in neutral colors, multi-colors and pink, as well as a photo realistic leopard image and leopard mixed with other animal print.
- Overstock carries leopard print bedding. However, keep in mind this is discontinued or closeout merchandise that won't be there long and you won't be able to return for accessories later.
Den or Home Office
Show your love of leopard by covering shelves or the back walls of a bookcase with leopard contact paper. Other ways to incorporate leopard print in your den or home office include:
- A chic lampshade
- A wild desk chair
- Exotic carpeting or an area rug
- Framed wall art
Use leopard print duct tape to customize some of your office supplies. Cover plastic pen and pencil holders, tissue box covers, the backs of plastic file holders or grab a screwdriver and remove your light switch and outlet covers. Apply the tape and use a utility knife to cut out the openings before reinstalling with a new, spotted skin.
Seeing spots on your dishes isn't always a bad thing. Leopard print makes an attractive pattern on ceramic dinnerware, serving dishes and platters. Impress guests at your next dinner party with hand-painted leopard wine glasses.
Embellish kitchen towels by sewing a strip of leopard print fabric near the bottom edge. Cook in style sporting a leopard print apron, which can be displayed on a wall hook when not in use, along with matching hot pads. Dress up your kitchen window with leopard print café style curtains or a valance. Add a dash of leopard with one of the following:
- Canister set
- Barstool seats
- Fruit bowl
- Place mats
- Table runner
- Bench cushion in a breakfast nook
You can find leopard themed kitchen décor including dinnerware, serveware and wine glasses at Etsy.
Spice up your bathroom with a few select leopard themed accessories, which might include:
- Shower curtain
- Towel set
- Soap dishes and dispensers
- Trash can
- Wall art
For more unusual bathroom décor, consider adding a leopard stencil on the outside of a claw foot bathtub. Use leopard print fabric to make a skirt for a pedestal sink. Add the feel of a powder room by covering a wall in leopard wallpaper or add a border at the ceiling.
Zazzle is a great resource for leopard print bath towels, and other matching bathroom accessories.
The key to keeping leopard print looking sophisticated instead of tacky is to use it in moderation. Mix in additional animal prints and solid colors to keep it from overwhelming the room. Balance multiple patterns in a room by varying the scale from small to medium to large.