Last week we talked about pet-friendly furnishings and interior designs with your pet in mind. Some of you were surprised that I did not once mention animal prints. I have seen animal prints in all shapes, sizes and temperaments. From cute zebra print bedroom rugs and innocent giraffe-patterned picture frames to an over-the-top Wild Kingdom themed living room, complete with a “Sounds of the Rainforest” soundtrack. I’ve been a certified interior designer for over 35 years. Trust me. I’ve seen it all.

The Design Team at Design Connection, Inc. is here to show you how to free your wild side out without allowing the “animal printed beast” to run amok in your home.  We’ll start off slow, with small, fuzzy baby animal steps.

Accessories are the easiest way to make a statement in your space without a making a major commitment to a particular style or color palate. Animal throw pillows are a fun way to add a splash of color and a pop of pattern to an otherwise neutral space.

If you haven’t quite tamed to the idea of adding wild animal prints into your home’s design, consider an innocent faux zebra hide rug. Like throw pillows, the location of this flexible accessory can change from room to room, season to season, or however the mood strikes you.

This Zebra floor rug by Horchow is the perfect size and character to relocate to different areas of your home.

Animal prints are no longer held captive by the confines of fabrics. In this day and age of affordable custom furnishings and interior designs, if you can envision it, we can create it! The Interior Designers at Design Connection, Inc. are well known in the Kansas City and Overland Park area for having exclusive access to the best faux painters in the industry. Faux painted Alligator gives any piece of wood a masculine, somewhat dangerous look.

Faux Alligator can be created in just about any color on just about any wood surface. Photo Source:

For a kitchen that is totally unique to you and your wild style; Fax Alligator has taken inspiration from the travel trunks and credenzas of their past and have crept their way into the kitchen. The entire kitchen.  With granite still dominating the world of kitchen countertops, with Quartz and recycled materials close behind, it is a breath of fresh faux-alligator hide to see this inventive material used as a countertop.

This dark stained faux Alligator counter and cabinet can be complimented by a palate of colours and hardware; silver, gold, Bronze, reds, etc! Photo Source: Houzz

Custom Mosaic tile is another way to let your inner interior designer roar without giving the impression that you spend too much time at the zoo. This mosaic tile Zebra patterned “rug” from Ravenna Mosaics is sure to be a conversation piece in any powder room.

Get wild and creative and put your paw print in the foundation of your home with a custom mosaic floor rug. Photo Source: Ravenna Mosaic

We’ve seen animal print on just about every fabric, on just about every surface and just about every body type ever made. We’ve seen mosaic “rugs”; but, have you seen entire floors dedicated to the animal print of your desire? And I’m NOT talking carpet! Ceramic tiles are no exception to custom designs. Check out this tiger striped ceramic tile: It’s shine is so hypnotizing, even the wildest of cats will purr like a kitten.

This tiger print ceramic floor tile is ideal for a den, a lair and even your 9-5 concrete jungle. Photo Source: ArchiExpo

If you’re still al little unsure about incorporating your wild streak into the decor of your home, contact the professionals at Design Connection, Inc. It never hurts to ask for a little help!

We offer complimentary in-studio interior design consultations and can help you with your interior design, remodeling, revamping and restyling projects big and small throughout Greater Kansas City. What are you waiting for? Give us a call at 913-210-0511 and let’s get started on your interior design project today!