7 animal print interiors that Tiger King obsessives will love

Go exotic by unleashing your spirit animal and choose leopard, tiger or zebra print to add some flair to your lair. No longer reserved for the fashion world, the animal print look is big and bold, fierce fun

bedroom zebra bedlinen wood panelling animal print
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We don't know about you but we are going WILD for the animal print pieces that are flooding the interiors scene. You don’t need to be a maximalist (or Joe Exotic) to love this animal luxe look. Of course you could go all out by mixing colours and prints together to create a truly wild scheme, or you could simply add a splash here and there with accessories to capture the look and still give your scheme some grrrrr.

So we have stalked out the top ways to make animal print part of your scheme. Scroll on to take your interior scheme on safari. And if the look is not for you, you know who is to blame... Carole Baskin!*

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1. Bring a touch of the exotic to your walls with leopard print wallpaper

Leopard print wallpaper sits behind a bench with plant pots and cactus

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Take a walk on the wild side by adorning walls with stunning animal print. This wallpaper makes a perfect choice for a dining or living room or luxe bedroom scheme and comes in six on-trend colours keeping the look more contemporary. Opt for just one wall as a focus, or go all-out by it using over all four to give serious wow factor walls. Leopard print wallpaper Skin Collection by Eijffinger, £69.95, Lime Lace.

2. Create a decadent scene with animal print velvet chairs

Velvet chair leopard print in front of a green background planters with plants

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Enjoy some feline glamour as you wine and dine with a modern, leopard print velvet dining chair. The material and shape of this elegant option oozes rock-n-roll cool and would work equally well in a modern or vintage setting. Use in your office as a fun desk chair, or the bedroom as a statement dressing table perch. All while adding a pop of trend-led bite to your interior. Cult Living Rayner dining chair, velvet upholstered, leopard print with brass legs, £59, Cult Furniture.

3. Lounge in style with an on-point leopard print beach towel

Sun lounger in garden leopard print beach towel summertime with cushion in garden patio setting fence

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Colourful, fashionable and practical. Combine all three in one with this fun leopard print beach towel. Perfect to get those summery vibes going, this bright, playful towel will have you wanting to head straight over to the poolside. Leopard print beach towel, £15, Marks & Spencer. 

4. Have a safari style cocktail hour with animal inspired furniture

two cocktail lounge chairs in animal print with purple background cow print leopard print drinks trolley cocktails

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Get ready to mix like the safari set on one of these elegant cocktail chairs. Comfort and style combine in this handsome piece which would be very at home in your drinks corner or even a bedroom. The curved edges and trend-led pattern will ensure you're sipping in style. Rocco Leopard print cocktail chair, £149, Dunelm.

5. Exotic summertime styling – your dining table needs these wild updates

Leopard print animal print tabletop setting dining table glassware with dining set

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Roam free in the wilderness with some animal print picnic ware. Made from melamine these big cat inspired designs can be used indoors or outdoors to give your tabletop or blanket some added trend points. Fresh, colourful and bang on-trend, it's time to unleash the beast of a tableware set. Argos Home Wilderness 12 pack tableware set, £35, Argos Home. 

6. Introduce some monochrome magic with Zebra print bedding

Bedroom interior with wood panelling paneling with zebra bedding cushions

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Bring some exotic flair into your bedroom lair with a striking zebra print design. This bold pattern will add some animal-esque drama to your scheme, making you feel king of your domain. This bedspread is not only gorgeous but it's generous size means it will feel luxurious as it spills over the sides of your bed. Kip & Co Zebra Crossing quilted bedspread, £239, Antipodream.

7. Create an underfoot statement with wild flooring 

Animal print rug in living room with sofas and chairs glamour leopard print

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Adding a large swathe of animal print to your flooring creates a confident feel to your interior. Using this subtle yet distinctive design, it provides enough pattern to be a talking point as well as create a backdrop to more neutral toned furniture pieces. We think this carpet is gggrrrreeeaat. Madagascar Natural Leopard carpet, £39.99m2, Carpetright.


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*Joe Exotic? Carole Baskin? If this made no sense to you, you need to watch Tiger King – see it on our list of the Best Documentaries on Netflix

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Anna Morley
Style Editor

Anna has over a decade of experience styling and art directing photo shoots of readers homes and of beautiful homeware products. She discovered her passion for interiors after living and working in L.A. and upon her return to the UK, started a career in magazines and photography. She now lives in the Leicestershire countryside with her young family.