The world is full of fascinating wild animals. There are the majestic cats of the jungle with fiery stripes, parrots with incredible plumage, and reptiles with curious patterns. Sadly, these tigers, birds, crocodiles and other wild animals are illegally hunted for their skins — and wildlife crime is big business. The threat of extinction for many of these animals is real, which is why it’s important to consider the materials and items used in your home decor. Fortunately for us, there are many alternatives and guilt-free wild animal decor ideas that capture the essence of the wild, without the bloodshed.
Camouflage or Dazzle?
There are many suggestions as to why zebras have their black and white stripes. One hypothesis is that the stripes dazzle the lions and other animals hunting them, another is that they help to keep things cool, or quite simply to camouflage themselves against the Savannah.
The striking patterns are just as good a reason to replicate them in your home decor; to dazzle your guests, and to keep the room looking cool, although instead of camouflage why not style for a pop of pattern!
Shop for the Vanna Zebra Cabinet from Horchow.
Dining in Style
Gold colored pattern, yet machine washable plate. We like this Roberto Cavalli collection of giraffe-print china, check out the others in the set!
Shop for this giraffe plate at Amara.
We love these tiger-free tiger-print cushions from Artemisia which are handmade in New York. There are leopard print and zebra styles too, so you can go on safari without leaving the sofa.
Shop for these cushions at Artemisia.
Who really wants an illegal tiger pelt? This tiger rug from Urban Outfitters makes a cute and classic accessories for your living room, functions as a bathroom mat or would look playful in the playroom.
Shop for this tiger mat at Urban Outfitters.
For style inspiration we included below a gorgeous apartment home tour in Lyon which layers carpets, and pairs them with jungle wallpaper for roar factor.
Giving us Giraffe Goodness
Made with cotton flax fabric and embroidered with metallic thread, this giraffe inspired cushion collection from Amara is guilt-free wild animal decor for sure.
Shop at Amara for this luxury giraffe pattern cushion.
The Wild Card jacquard fabric from House of Hackney is an understated leopard print that could work quite nicely for reupholstering a sofa. It’s paired here (with roaring success) with their Equus zebra-inspired wallpaper in a cocoa.
Shop at House of Hackney for these wild textiles and pretty patterned wallpaper.
What’s got four legs and a curiously crocodile appearance? No, not an alligator! These nesting tables from L’objet are made from brass and Limoges porcelain, offering leathery luxe without the croc hide.
Shop for these nesting tables and other glorious croc-inspired decor at L’objet.
Unpack the Trunk
We were inspired by the blue
Shop for this elephant light from Seletti.
For style inspiration check out the home of Delirium Decor owner Dila, and how she incorporates quirky elements in her home design.
Not had enough wild animal decor inspiration? Check out this fanciful selection of flamingos taking over Instagram, or see how this Where the Wild Things Are inspired decor turns your child’s room into the perfect place for play.