Zebra Patterns - Do You Approve?

Nothing inspires us like nature, which is why we so often gravitate towards patterns that resemble those found outdoors. If you're thinking of adding maximum impact to a space, look no further than the stylish Zebra (please, go faux). And along with the craze we're seeing, Zebra rugs are a big hit too, making a continued appearance in some of today's hottest interiors. Need a bit of inspiration before you decide to add a bit of safari chic to your space?

If this image from doesn't make you see Zebra prints in a new and exciting way... I'm afraid there's no hope. :)

Nothing inspires me like a deal and of course, going faux. You can find a Zebra pattern stenciled onto a hairhide rug for $515 from . Of course, it's still from an animal and some of us aren't into animal hides at all (like me). If that's you, opt for something in wool, like this one from ($129-299). If you need something smaller for an entry or beneath a sofa table, this 5x7 rug from is perfect, and a budget find at $69. It's cotton, so we know animals weren't hurt for this little guy, and your wallet won't feel a thing.

When I think of Zebra rugs, ($875) always springs to mind. With his dare devil bolder-than-thou designs, I admire how perfectly he works such a bold pattern into his interiors. Having all that color courage, coupled with extreme self-confidence from his 'been there done that' experience in the design world, Adler is super contagious. He has a happy virus that more of us need to catch. Explore! Dare! Yes, go there!

Designer gives us more eye candy, helping us see the pattern in a variety of settings... A more 'medicated' approach to Adler I must add, but beautiful and certainly more friendly to the neutral fans out there.

And did you catch the lovely Zebrine wallpaper in Domino magazine from Rose Cumming? It's making another appearance in interiors with it's bold, whimsical charm. It makes a definite statement in crisp blue and white, doesn't it? This image is of Ashley Whittaker's home, courtesy of Domino, 4/07 and .

loves Zebrine wallpaper and tells us, "Glamorous pedigree aside, this print is certainly a stylish but bold statement. I love animal prints, but one has to use them with restraint. All other design elements of a room- furniture, artwork, and accessories- have to be toned down when paired with such a gutsy pattern." Photo from Robin Bell's living room, courtesy of House Beautiful, 1/05 via .

Inspiration from and . There's even a Zebra ottoman in the mix, and a chair, below. For me, if I'm going Zebra, there's nothing I like better than combining the color turquoise with a crisp black and white faux Zebra print rug.

So tell me... What's your take on it as either a rug, wallpaper, textiles, etc.? Do you approve? Have a little love/hate? Run screaming?