4 Interesting Decorative Motifs For Your Home

Sep 12 2019
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As far as decorative motifs go for my home I guess it can only be described as farmhouse hand me downs lol But I still think I have managed to use what I have well enough to also create a space that is elegant and feels put together. I’ve always loved animal prints though I’ve never really felt like I had a space I could use them in! My entryway became my gallery though and all of my horse prints from when I was a kid finally found a home (I was a bit horse obsessed!)

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Interior design can be an extremely fun process that allows you to express your creative side in your own home. One of the best ways to express your creativity is by choosing a unique and interesting design motif to base your designs around.

There are a wide variety of motifs to choose from, and they could be based upon a wide range of factors. For example, a motif could be based on your interests or desires.

Another inspiration could be from your home’s location, taking from your local culture. Meaning that a motif for Grand Rapids real estate would be slightly different than motifs for homes in El Paso.

Regardless of what you choose to go with as a basis for your room’s motif, you should choose something that is creative and an extension of yourself. However, if you’re still struggling to find something, we have some suggestions for you. Here are four interesting decorative motifs that you can use for your home.

Zebra Print

One of the most common prints that you can use in design is the zebra print. The zebra print is a timeless design that can flow with a lot of other things. This primarily stems from the fact that the print is black and white in color, a combination that can match with a lot of different colors.

Zebra print has exploded in popularity in recent years, and you can find the print on just about anything. This makes finding matching pieces and creating a motif out of them extremely easy. Although zebra print has become extremely popular, it is still quite rare to see an entire room’s motif to be based off of it, meaning the design still retains some semblance of originality. 

The design has a hypnotic like effect when used in large quantities adding a calming and relaxing feel to a room. If you’re looking for an interesting motif choice, then you should definitely consider checking out zebra prints.


Having a tropical motif is the perfect design choice for a warm climate or for the summer months. It’s impossible to not have the warm feeling of sitting on a sandy beach when sitting in a room with this motif. That’s what makes it so interesting and unique from a design perspective.

There are a wide variety of ways that you can implement prints into your room to capture this motif. Of course, the most common print that is used is a simple palm tree print.

Although palm trees may be the symbol of tropical paradise, they are far from the only print you can use. For example, you could use a tropical leaf print or a tropical fruit print as well. These are all great options and all can give a warm sunny feeling to your room.


Building a room’s motif around floral print is an interesting prospect, but it definitely can be pulled off. There are many different types of flowers in the world, and as such there are a lot of floral prints to reflect this.

Some of the most common floral prints out there are rose, sunflower, and daisy prints. However, floral prints are so popular and prevalent that you could probably find any furniture, curtains, or covering with your favorite flower plastered all over it.

Having a floral print as the focal point of your motif can do a lot of things for your room. It can give it a beautiful natural feel and be especially prevalent in the spring and summer.


Animal print can lead to some very interesting design motifs and can cover a wide range of design basis. While many people may consider the aforementioned  zebra print to fall under animal print, it has gotten so large that it has taken on a life of its own. Despite this there is a lot that you can do with animal print design wise.

Designs in the patterns of leopards and cheetahs are very in style right now and can be great designs for entire rooms. Many people consider these designs to symbolize high fashion, and a room designed with these prints can exude style. If these standard prints don’t appeal to you then you could go slightly off base with something like a giraffe print or constrictor print.

These are much less common options, but they can still look very nice and stylish if pulled off correctly. There are various animal prints that you can use, and they are all very flexible.

Like other prints they can be used from curtains to couch covers, and your room’s whole motif can be built around them.

One of the best ways to express your creativity is by choosing a unique and interesting design motifs to base your designs around.
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  1. September 12, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    My aunt used to call her style, “Early attic and late yard-sale, with a little bit of thrift store to finish it off.”

    • September 12, 2019 at 2:29 pm

      OMG I totally love that!!

  2. September 13, 2019 at 4:28 am

    I have one room that the motif is partially zebra print due to being an executive consultant with Pink Zebra. I share that office with my little grand as a bedroom. However, I also have horses as a motif in my bathroom. The rest of my house will be done more as a country style.

    • September 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

      That sounds awesome Carol, thanks for coming by and commenting!

  3. Nancy
    September 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Your room looks fantastic with the pops of red and that great looking white ceiling. Now, the room need a large rug with some red in it for that large expanse of floor come winter. Your fine skills, perseverance and hard work has really paid off. I admire your positivity and creativity. You are a woman to be reckoned with. I don’t believe that there is anything that you cannot build or create.

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