It used to be that when you went shopping for animal print rugs, you were imagining, zebra, giraffe, leopard, and tiger. Not anymore! What with the return to all things natural, earthy colors, natural materials, and the movement against animal skins, “animal prints” have come to mean something entirely different.
Now an animal print might mean a farm scene, showing pigs, cows, chickens, and ducks. It might mean a nature scene in the woods, complete with raccoons, squirrels, and woodchucks. Or it could mean an Alaskan scene of bears, moose, elks, and salmon swimming upstream! If you have a desire to stay in Africa with your animal print, make it of a herd fleeing from drought, or of different groups of animals gathered around the watering hole.
Birds flying or nesting, deer grazing in a prairie, beavers building a dam, are all being depicted on natural fabrics and wallpapers at this time. These prints are excellent for accessorizing on pillows and throws, and accenting a room with a single wallpapered wall or borders.
Endangered species, such as the whale, dolphins, seals, polar bear, wolf, and the panda, are popular themes for both paintings and fabrics. You can’t go wrong if you choose one of them as a focal point in your room.
Another place you might use these animal prints would be on a table cloth, bedspread, table runner, place mat, animal print rugs, or even on a lamp base. Have some fun with it, but always remember to stay with the natural colors of the earth.