Decorate your living room with a safari theme to create an exotic look. Choose colors, textures and wood grains reminiscent of the African landscape when planning this theme. Avoid going overboard with animal patterns, which can appear gaudy; instead, use them as accents in the room and not the main focus.
Choose a neutral color for the walls, such as brown, beige or dark gray. Avoid pastels or bold colors, which do not match a safari theme. Create a focal point in the room with an accent wall. Choose a wall without doors or windows and paint that wall darker than the other three walls — such as one black wall in a brown-colored room.
Choose furniture in neutral colors but in a lighter or darker shade than the walls — such as a tan couch with brown walls or a brown couch with beige walls — so the furniture stands out. Select styles consisting of brown leather, dark wood grains or a rustic bamboo appearance to complement a safari theme. Choose one or two small furniture items with an animal print pattern, such as a zebra print ottoman.
Choose various linens and throw pillows for the room in shades of brown, beige, blacks and animal prints. Limit animals prints to a linen item in the room, such as a area rug or various color throw pillows — with animal prints or actual pictures of African animals on them — to make the pattern stand out. Select curtains for the windows with heavy fabrics or textures such as canvas or forgo curtains altogether and use bamboo roman shades instead.
Choose wall art with a safari theme. Create an eye-catching art display on the accent wall by hanging a multitude of pictures — in dark wood or bamboo frames — of African landscapes. Display assorted wood carvings and African tribal masks on the walls. Hang a large mirror above the couch with an ornate bamboo frame.
Complete the living room with a variety of safari accent and decor pieces. Place a few wooden statues of animals, such as giraffes, elephants and zebras, on tables and windowsills. Purchase tall, African-inspired vases that feature ornate detailing or painted safari landscapes on them, fill them with branches and place around the room. Add greenery to the space with woven baskets filled with tall green reeds and other leafy foliage.