How To Decorate with Giraffes

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Sometimes, you look at a room and realize it needs a little something more — that certain finishing touch that will perfect everything and bring it all together. Faced with this dilemma, other people, less extraordinary people, might settle for a colorful rug, or a fig tree, or a giant space-agey lamp. But not you. You are a trend setter, not a trend follower. For you there is only... a giraffe.

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Because inanimate decor is for the little people, here are our best tips for decorating with giraffes.

1. Have your giraffe duck.
This is essential in getting a giraffe-sized giraffe to fit though a human-sized door.

2. Don't mix prints.
Giraffe with cheetah print? Strictly a no-no. Zebra striped rug? Forget about it. Even if you explain that it's only faux, this may offend your giraffe's sensibilities. And don't even think about those animal heads on the walls.

3. Allow your giraffe to be the center of attention.
In a room with a giraffe, keep the other elements as restrained as possible. This will create a sense of balance, and ensure that your giraffe is the first thing people notice when they walk into the room.

4. Try something unexpected.
While we usually see giraffes in more modern interiors, as in the photos above, giraffes are a true design classic, and will gracefully complement traditional pieces as well. A giraffe in say, a traditional English library will add a touch of the unexpected.

5. Keep your giraffe well fed, watered, and exercized.
Because if the giraffe ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

Pictured above: the Marrakesh home of sculptor Jean Francois Fortou, spotted on Trendland. Below: another Fortou sculpture in the Paris home of designer Ora Ito. Believe it or not, both of these are made from papier-mache. The bad news: your friends might not be as impressed as they would by a real giraffe. The good news: it's a DIY.

Disclaimer: Apartment Therapy does not actually endorse decorating with real giraffes. Inviting them to your cocktail parties, however, is encouraged.

(Image credits: Trendland; Sara's Blog)