10 Fearless Ways With Zebra

As one designer says below, folks seem to enjoy or despise wild zebra print; there’s not any in between. Maybe it brings up an anxiety of making your home look like Elvis’s Jungle Room in Graceland. Maybe an aversion to animal prints comes from flashbacks for their abuse in unfortunate fashion choices on The New Jersey Shore. Whatever it is, I’m hoping I can assuage any fears of utilizing zebra patterns around the house by showing you 10 ways to do it with style. Let us take a look:


1. On the wall socket. This zebra image is the focus of the sophisticated living room.

Rachel Reider Interiors

2. To deliver a print to the bedroom. Zebra is an unexpected and successful selection for an upholstered headboard …

Carolina V. Gentry

… and its print can pop a bedscape, especially when the pattern is rendered in tan and red.

Spinnaker Development

Here the zebra about the bedroom bench is the only pattern within the room, and it is the only one that’s needed.

Brian Watford Interiors

An individual should always feel glamorous when placing the face, or when brushing the hair 100 days before bed, a la Marcia Brady. Therefore, a zebra-upholstered stool is an appropriate option.

Joel Kelly Design

3. To spice up the bathroom. The zebra rug celebrities in this muted master bath.

Tina Kuhlmann

Likewise, a sassy zebra-covered stool adds pizzazz to the tasteful bathroom.

Craig Denis

4. Flair gathered. Zebra fits right in with items that tip at world travels.

Kelley & Company Home

More British Colonial touches abound in this casual beach home. “People either love the zebra rug here or despise it,” admits the kindly Kelly Motschenbacher. “There is not any in-between!”

Kate Jackson Design

This room also includes a gathered look, and due to this zebra throw, it seems as though the items are gathered from around the world.

Nicole Lanteri Design

5. In the nursery. A subdued gray zebra-patterned rug works well within this yellow-and-gray nursery palette.

Lucy McLintic

Here the same rug works well with serene blues, and even a crowded geometric David Hicks wallpaper.

Do not be reluctant to go more literal in the nursery. Why let pandas and penguins get all of the attention?

Rachel Reider Interiors

6. To prevent from being typically coastal. Huh? Let me clarify. In this Nantucket Inn, interior designer Rachel Reider strayed from the anticipated coastal palette and used textures (glass, coral, rock, seagrass) and classic art to bring into a beachy feel. Therefore, she had the unique chance to add a long zebra bench to some beachy Inn.
7. To add drama. This move only screams Old Hollywood glamor. Can’t you imagine Zsa Zsa Gabor descending this stairs in feathery kitten-heel slippers?


9. To showcase your mad mixing skillz: Bright yellow chinoiserie panels, zebra covered stools and some sort of eland*? No problem!

*I don’t know an eland in the ibex. I just thought that looked more exotic than the bull and I have no clue what it is. If you do, please educate me in the Remarks section.

Rachel Reider Interiors

More mixing abounds: stone tones, capiz shells, leather stools, nailheads, artwork that looks like album covers, a groovy needlepointed pillow. Paradoxically, zebra can proceed with this also. This takes lots of exercise, or a happy accident.

Tara Wenzel

10. To update a traditional slice: One of the simplest methods to cruise from traditional to transitional style would be to rethink your own upholstery. New finishes and fabrics are able to allow you to make the jump as your personal style evolves. Zebra is a superb selection.

SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Bonus around! To. . .ahem. . .er. . .um…I’m stumped, but how can I abandon this shot out of a zebra ideabook? Would you like to attempt to caption this one for me? If so, please do in the Remarks section!

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