I’m sure it comes as no surprise…I LOVE looking at houses. Sometimes I cruise the MLS listings just to see the inside of certain houses I’ve seen for sale in my area. It never ceases to amaze me how people decorate. Let’s face it, everyone thinks they have good taste…but in reality, most people don’t. Now…I’m all for bending rules and creating a unique space that is personalized to your specific lifestyle and taste.
But sometimes the bending goes a little too far and the rule SNAPS!!!!!
Let’s talk about animal print for a moment. I love most animal prints. Let me clarify: I love most animal prints in small doses. I think in small doses, they make the most impact. For example. I’m a big fan of zebra print. I have a long, narrow, zebra print runner in my hallway. I love it. It’s unexpected and gives a dash of whimsy. But that’s where it stops. There’s not a single other animal print anywhere in my house (yet). Animal print can be a great neutral, if it’s used properly. Here’s some great animal prints used tastefully that serve as a neutral and don’t over-power the room:
See how just a little dab will do ya?
So, now we’ve seen what to do. Let’s look at what NOT to do. Thanks to today’s funny-as-heck MLS listing…we have the following “animal print theme rooms”. Now get this…all of these photos are from the SAME HOUSE!!!! This woman must be obsessed! God love her…apparently she told one person “hey, I like animal print” and the next thing you know, she’s living in a jungle in the heart of the Highlands in Louisville, KY. Who knew?
Okay, kill me. Besides it being a design nightmare…it’s distracting. I mean…you can’t even tell what the house looks like because your eye goes directly to the animals. This is the worst thing to do when you’re trying to stage your home for sale. How are the potiental new owners going to picture their furniture and tastes in the house when they feel like they’ve stepped into a jungle?
One more time for the cheap seats in the back. Animal print = good. Animal print in small doses = better!