Animal Wallpaper: The Guide
Animals and humans are connected in many ways. A certain similarity and familiarity between the two species also accounts for the popularity of animal motifs in wallpaper design. And this is not only limited to babies' and children's wallpaper. Adults, too, love that certainje ne sais quoiwhich wallpapers with animal depictions have oodles of. The diversity of native and exotic animal species opens up even more options in terms of design. Find out everything there is to know about the colourful and multi-faceted world of animals on wallpaper and get information about selection criteria and design tips.
Table of Contents
- Which pets and farm animals are frequently depicted on wallpaper?
- Which wild forest animals feature in wallpaper patterns?
- Which aesthetically beautiful animals of the savannah and from India can be found on wallpaper?
- Which exotic jungle animals from the Amazon and the African tropics are popular wallpaper motifs?
- For which rooms are wallpapers with animal motifs most suitable?
- Why are motifs from the animal world so popular with children?
- What are the most popular colours for animal wallpaper?
- What types of artistic depictions of animal patterns are found on wallpaper?
- Our tips: Fabulous animal design ideas for young and old
Popular pets such as dogs, cats and various species of ornamental fish are all sought-after animal motifs on wallpaper. Horses and rabbits are also very popular, especially with children.
Mysterious, clever, playful - cats are always good for a surprise. In terms of wallpaper, they come in many different breeds and styles. The characteristics of the type of cat depicted on the wallpaper are often transferred to the mood created by its pattern motif. With their dense and beautiful coat, Persians are peaceful and cuddly. White-and-brown Siamese cats are considered to be sensitive and intelligent. The elegant Maine Coon cat is a little diva; as a wallpaper motif, it exudes exclusivity and luxury.
There are about 400 dog breeds worldwide. All of the most popular dogs feature on wallpaper. As a faithful watchdog, the clever Alsatian is at the top of the list. It is closely followed by the powerful, loving and equally protective Border Collie. Among the most popular small and dainty dog breeds is the Mexican Chihuahua, which is lively and cuddly at the same time. With its curly fur and elegant, light-footed nature, the poodle is considered a favourite for unusual wallpapers. The Dalmatian with its typical black-and-white dotted coat is guaranteed to attract attention. With its soft fur, the Golden Retriever is very popular with children.
The depiction of horses on wallpaper is not limited to realistic representations but also includes mythical creatures such as unicorns or the Pegasus. For girls between the ages of 4 and 15, horses of all kinds are a major theme, which is often reflected in their favourite choice of wallpaper. Based on the cult children's series "Black Beauty", the dark black Trakehner stallion is a frequent wallpaper motif. White horses are the ideal animal for princesses of all ages, riding into the sunset on this majestic horse. Ponies - from Shetlands to Icelandic horses - are a firm favourite for charming children's wallpaper. The Knabstrupper, Pippi Longstocking's loyal companion during all her exciting adventures, is often part of funny animal motif wallpaper models.
Soft fur and a cute appearance characterise the many different rabbit motifs on wallpaper. One of the most popular species is the American Rabbit which is reminiscent of the fantastic stories of Alice in Wonderland. The Netherland Dwarf rabbit also boasts a fairytale appearance. As an animal of the forest and the meadow, the Brush rabbit is characterised by large ears and a grey coat. The hare is often equated with the Easter bunny. Rex rabbits have a fabulously velvety coat in various different colours, depending on the subspecies. Hares and rabbits are often part of landscape and nature scenes on wallpaper.
Big and small fish feature on many a colourful wallpaper model. Amongst the most popular examples are goldfish in aquariums or brightly coloured iridescent marine species in the deep blue ocean. Both domestic and exotic fish feature in unusual wallpaper models. White sharks swim towards the great pirate adventure, while silvery dolphins do a playful dance in the cool water. The squid is one of the most popular aquatic animal motifs in children's wallpaper. Beautifully drawn Koi carps exude extravagant exoticism. Guitarfish rays and sunfish serve more unusual wallpaper tastes. Talking of which: Tuna, salmon, herring and carp whet the appetite for the sea, but are also fabulous options for kitchen wallpaper.
Many animals of the forest are suitable as wallpaper pattern elements, for instance as an addition to tree motifs. This includes birds, butterflies, deer, stags, foxes and peacocks.
Bird motifs for wallpaper patterns are varied and provide a plethora of effects. Popular songbirds are often an indispensable part of romantic Country House wallpaper and children's wallpaper. The blackbird with its distinctive yellow beak belongs to the thrush family and is one of the best-known forest and garden birds. The spotted woodpecker lives in our forests and parks. Among the early birds is the rustic robin which begins to sing at dawn. The house sparrow is the most widespread species of native songbirds. The blue tit - one of the smallest domestic birds - boasts shades of blue, yellow, green and white. The goldfinch is found all over the world. With its bright red head, it is a veritable feast for the eyes. From the family of ravens comes the jay with its pretty blue-grey-red plumage. Among the largest and most mysterious birds of the forest are owl, buzzard and magpie, all of which also feature prominently in fairy tales.
Hard to believe, but true: There are about 160,000 butterfly species, divided into 130 families. This makes the butterfly one of the most species-rich insect types. Butterflies can be found on all continents, and as a result, the choice of wallpaper motifs is huge. Butterfly patterns can appear glamorous, whimsical, romantic and mystical, depending on the type of design and the size. The brimstone butterfly is a classic pattern element which can provide a zesty injection of colour. The red peacock butterfly seems to be looking at you through four eyes. The black-and-white fritillary butterfly is very striking and a popular addition to many fantastic wallpaper models. The tropical purple emperor is characterised by its fascinating colourful pattern. The large orange tip butterfly is native to Asia.
Deer and stags
Deer and stags are the natural inhabitants of the forest, and their depiction on wallpaper is mainly related to rural and traditional landscape motifs. Romanticism also plays an important role in deer and stag motifs. Deer and stag heads are often associated with a modern take on the rustic alpine hut style. The stag is considered to be a symbol of strength, power and elegance. The red deer is known as the king of the forest. The young fawn - which often features as a baby and children's wallpaper motif - embodies innocence and sensitivity. The deer and roe deer genus also includes the elk which lives in Northern Europe, North Asia and North America and is a popular feature of Scandinavian designs. Tundra, taiga, Greenland and the Arctic represent the habitat of the reindeer. North America is home to the white deer.
The European red fox is the best known fox species and a popular design motif for children's wallpaper. This forest dweller is a predator and as a consequence it often features in fairy tales describing dangerous and exciting adventures. But there are quite a few other fox species which can be incorporated in wallpaper designs. The brown-and-white Arctic fox is at home in extreme climatic regions such as the tundra and the Arctic. The graceful desert fox hunts jumping mice and small prey in North Africa. The forests of North and Central America are home to the grey fox which is known for its amazing climbing skills. Foxes offer a wide range of design options. They are often depicted in a stylised or abstract way as an unusual wallpaper motif.
The peacock is considered the epitome of beauty and splendour, which is why wallpaper motifs with this gorgeous bird are luxurious, unique and extravagant. The extravagant plumage with what seems to be a thousand eyes is characteristic of the blue peacock which originally comes from India. The peacock is the national bird of India and worshipped as a holy bird by Hindus. Another Asian peacock species is the Green or Corned peacock, which is divided into further subspecies. The Congo Peacock is the only peacock species of the African continent that lives in the rainforest.
Which aesthetically beautiful animals of the savannah and from India can be found on wallpaper?
Large wild animals that live in the African or Indian savannah lend wallpaper an exotic flair. Elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes and zebras provide a safari feeling.
Elephants are the largest land animals currently living. As a children's wallpaper motif, they promote a sense of social community because elephants are herd animals. Essentially, three major species exist. The African elephant lives in the steppe landscape south of the Sahara. The forest elephant is at home in the tropical rainforests. In South-East Asia, the Asian elephant is present in various different habitats. On wallpaper, a distinction of species is primarily based on the overall visual context.
The lion - king of the jungle, strong, elegant and proud - is one of the most powerful predators. Today it is found in Africa and in the Indian state of Gujarat. Savannah, bushland and sandy desert are its preferred habitat. The African lion's trademark is its splendid mane, which the Indian lion does not have. In wallpaper motifs, subspecies of the African lion such as the Berber lion or East African lion play a lesser role.
Tigers are amongst the most popular animal motifs of the savannah, not least because of their gorgeous striped markings. These feline predators are mainly found in Asia (China, Malaysia, India) and in eastern Russia. Their colour varies depending on the species. Amongst the classic tiger motifs are the Siberian tiger with its red-orange fur, black stripes and white fur around the belly. The Sumatra tiger and the Malaysian tiger look very similar. White tigers are very rare. Another extremely rare tiger species is the Golden or Tabby tiger with a shiny golden coat with thin light brown stripes.
Up to six metres tall with an extremely long neck and a gorgeous pattern - giraffes have a unique charisma among the wild animals of the savannah. Giraffes are common in the African savannah and synonymous with an incomparable adventure safari feeling, which can also be conjured up by wallpaper motifs with giraffes. From ochre yellow to reddish brown, giraffes coats vary depending on the species, but the net-like pattern in combination with white is present in all of them. Giraffes can be divided into four main species: Southern giraffe, Northern giraffe, Masai giraffe, Net giraffe. Except for the colour variations, there are no obvious differences between the species which would be relevant in terms of wallpaper motifs.
The typical black and white stripe pattern distinguishes the zebra from the horse species. Like the giraffe, it is associated with Africa and safaris as all three zebra species are found exclusively on this mysterious continent. The Plains zebra is the species which occurs in the largest numbers. It is also the smallest species, with a shoulder height of max. 140 cm. As the name suggests, the Mountain zebra feels most comfortable at altitudes above 2,000 metres. It is mostly found in South Africa and Namibia. The largest zebra species is the Grevy's or Imperial zebra in East Africa (Kenya); its population of only about 2,000 animals lives in protected national parks.
The Tropics, the Caribbean, the Amazon - magical places inhabited by exotic animals which, as wallpaper motifs, create fantastic moods. Monkeys, hummingbirds, parrots, flamingos, panthers & jaguars open up fantastic new worlds.
Monkeys are an incredibly popular wallpaper motif. One of the reasons for this fact is the sheer number of different types and species of monkeys and apes. For example, there are the very expressive (i.e. loud!) howler monkeys which belong to the family of spider monkeys and live in Central and South America. Gibbons are tree-dwelling primates or small apes from South-east Asia. The only habitat of lemurs is the island of Madagascar; they belong to the family of Strepsirrhini. Squirrel monkeys, mainly found in South America, are also a popular wallpaper motif. With their white mop of hair, Tamarin monkeys are very funny to look at - perfect for kids' wallpapers. In addition to small monkeys, large apes also feature prominently on many wallpaper models. With its black-grey fur, the imposing African gorilla is just as impressive as the orang-utan with its reddish-brown coat. Last but not least, the extremely agile chimpanzees should be mentioned as they are one of the most common monkey motifs.
There are more than 300 known species of this exotic bird, many of which live in South and North America and the Caribbean. Hummingbirds are characterised by their colourful plumage in bright and metallic colours. On wallpaper, individual species such as bronze-tailed plumeleteers or fiery topaz hummingbirds are not instantly recognisable for the layman. It is up to the designer to select a particular species in the context of the motif statement.
These colourful birds are at the very centre of tropical wallpaper designs. They can be divided into the cockatoos and actual parrots (cockatoos have an erectable feather bonnet). The macaw parrot is characterised by its brightly coloured plumage. It is one of the most popular large birds from South and Central America. The Amazon parrot can be recognised by its grass-green plumage and colourful head and neck. In terms of colour, the Grey parrot does justice to its name. Loris parrots boast strong orange, blue and green feathers, but their plumage can also be purple. With their pretty feather bonnets and elegant appearance, white cockatoos are a fabulous motif for wallpaper designs.
The plumage of flamingos ranges from white-pink to coral red. The interesting colouring is due to the carotene content of the food they eat. The Caribbean or Red flamingo's plumage boasts a strong coral red. The Greater flamingo is the most widespread species of this exotic water-bird. In South America, the Chilean flamingo is the species with the largest numbers. The smallest representative of the species lives in Africa and is called Lesser Flamingo.
Panthers & Jaguars
Leopards and jaguars belong to the so-called "Big Cats". Linguistically, panthers and leopards are often lumped together, but the term panther only refers to animals with a black coat. Leopards and jaguars can be distinguished by their coat pattern; the colour of both is reddish-brown and white. The fur of the leopard is characterised by small rosettes. The jaguar's coat has larger rosettes with small dots in the middle. A very popular animal motif is the black panther; this can be a leopard or a jaguar, but - due to a genetic defect - it has a black coat. Black panthers give wallpaper models a sense of mysticism, excitement and depth.
Animal motif wallpapers have always been a firm favourite in nurseries and children's rooms. Bathrooms and bedrooms can be given an interesting touch with animal motifs.
Animal motifs arouse a baby's curiosity. This is partly due to the fact that animals have faces. The bigger the motif or animal pattern the better, because babies and toddlers can see large formats more easily. The same applies to the primary colours blue, red and yellow. There should be a limit of three different animal species to any wallpaper design aimed at very young kids. The most important aspect is that the animals look friendly, not scary.
In children's rooms, imagination and creativity are the most important elements, both of which can be effectively introduced with animal wallpaper. A cheerful zoo, a magnificent underwater world with brightly coloured sea life, or a safari scene with the "Big Five" are just a few great examples. Forest motifs with typical forest inhabitants such as hares, hedgehogs and foxes are also very popular. Fantasy animals create their own play worlds.
Imitation animal fur wallpaper models create a special kind of cosiness in the bedroom. For interior design concepts in the African Colonial style, authentically drawn elephants, lions or zebras are suitable wallpaper motifs. Romantic Country House looks often feature native songbirds or butterflies.
Maritime and tropical-Caribbean interior design ideas can be realised with seagulls, flamingos and parrots, to name just a few examples. With the right wallpaper, the bathroom can be given a theme that takes you to fantastic holiday worlds. A rainforest scenario with various different animals and plants also provides a unique atmosphere. A sunny sea scenery is created with dolphins frolicking in the ocean.
Children and animals are magically attracted to each other. Cute and funny animals foster the play instinct and the protective instinct, fantasy animals promote development, vintage designs fill the room with a cosy familiarity.
Cute and funny animals
On wallpapers for babies and children, animals are depicted in an age-appropriate way that works with their perception and the developmental stage of the sense of sight. Motifs are cute and charming, with happy animal faces or animals in funny poses and situations. This awakens the sense of play and the protective instinct in children.
Fantasy animals are endowed with magical powers. Among the creatures popular with children are the unicorn, the Pegasus, the Phoenix or the dragon. Fantasy animals promote creative development, stimulate thought processes and are part of children's role-playing games. They are allies, companions and friends and can boast a very fluffy character on wallpaper.
Because they are often stylised or abstract, animal motifs in a vintage design often seem very clear and simple. They are easily recognisable - even for children, who love uncomplicated shapes and representations and can easily understand them. Vintage design animals have a cheerful and carefree air about them and boast an authentic and familiar quality.
The colour choices of animal motif wallpaper models are predominantly based on personal preferences. Amongst the most popular colours are blue, black/white, grey, multi-coloured, gold and black.
Blue symbolises cool freshness, vastness and magic, creates depth and calms body and mind. In combination with animal illustrations, blue represents an important component of tropical and maritime designs. This positive colour can also be used to emphasise one or more animals.
In the photographic sense, i.e. as positive and negative images, the combination of the neutral, high-contrast colours black and white is a modern classic. The respective animal motif is given a very artistic touch which can be further emphasised by specific arrangements (e.g. animal heads in a linear row).
On the one hand, grey stands for neutrality, on the other hand it is an amplifier for bright colours. Grey often gives motifs a soft quality and adds a delicate, mysterious veil. At the same time, grey provides a very modern touch.
The animal world is colourful, especially for children. Also adults however like their preferred animal motifs in coordinated colours. Colourful like a bouquet of flowers, multi-hue patterns stimulate creativity and imagination. Especially when several animal species are combined in a wallpaper design, a colourful mix is the best choice.
The warm colour of the sun is equated with brilliance, splendour, power and high value. Animal motifs in gold, either in whole or in part, convey precisely this magnificent, luxurious character. If an unusual animal is depicted, the majestic effect is intensified.
The colour of darkness creates interesting contrasts for animal motifs. Gradations of grey and black contribute to a modern quality. A darker animal design exudes expressive depth. Black is also an ideal partner for bright colours.
On wallpaper, animals and animal patterns can be represented in a huge variety of ways. Illustration and drawing, animal portrait, fur imitation as well as 3D design are all possible options.
Illustration or drawing techniques depict animals or animal scenes in an authentic or abstract and stylised way. This means that many different tastes, preferences and ages are covered. Within the artistic field of illustration and drawing, there is a plethora of design possibilities, e.g. in the style of etching, pen and ink drawing, comic strip, or watercolour.
The animal portrait style - where animal heads are the main focus of the wallpaper design - is very popular in children's wall décor. Linear, symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangements give the animal head pattern movement and bring it to life. The specific effect depends on the chosen colours and finishes.
Imitations of animal skin, animal fur or certain animal hairs present the perfect symbiosis of haptics and optics. Structures or patterns of a specific imitation style reveal the animal species but create a completely new effect. Among the most popular animal skin imitations on wallpaper are exotic crocodile imitation leather or snake skin. Their special structures and patterns can be empathised further through trendy or authentic colours. Zebra, leopard and cowhide looks are the stars among imitation animal skins. Animal hair is rather rare and specific in wallpaper. In a broader sense, this also includes certain elements like the feathers of extravagant bird species (e.g. the peacock).
Three-dimensional animal motifs merge the boundaries between mural and reality and place the beholder in a specific scenario. The wallpaper receives a dynamic component, it is no longer static or rigid. For children, 3D animals provide an exciting experience factor in their creative play worlds.
- A mysterious animal world in the wardrobe: Children love secrets. The idea of animals living in the wardrobe is the perfect material to fire up a child's imagination. How about wallpapering the inside back wall of a child's wardrobe with a funny animal wallpaper? Every time the doors are opened, the secret animal world reveals itself.
- A spring-fresh bath with butterflies: Enjoy the magic of a butterfly farm or a flowering summer meadow where many species of colourful butterflies flutter through the air. Choose a wallpaper model with small and large butterflies, preferably in bright colours and on a white background. Coordinate with bathroom accessories in natural materials.
- Exclusive peacock-themed boudoirs: A stunning, luxurious peacock wallpaper will transform the bedroom into a magnificent boudoir - even more so when it comes with dazzling and glittering colours, metallic or hologram effects. A feature wall with an exclusive peacock design is often enough to bring this unique atmosphere into the room. Velvety and silky elements add to the ambience.
- High-quality crocodile style: Imitation wallpaper in a crocodile leather look adds refinement to a wall or room. Studies, dining rooms or living rooms are given an elegantly exotic look, which can be emphasised with specific interior design elements like furniture and accessories. Vintage furniture or modern and unusual furniture shapes are the perfect choice.