We’re Into: Dalmatian Spots

Dodie dalmation print from Ballard Designs

Dodie dalmation print

It’s no secret we’re smitten with animal prints. And now there’s a new one that’s barking for our attention: dalmatian spots. Like Cruella de Vil, we can’t get enough of this playful pattern. There’s just something so fresh and appealing about those black spots; they’re more imperfect than polka dots, but every bit as bold.

Ballard Designs Dodie fabric

Allow us to introduce Dodie Beige Fabric by the Yard. Named for the author of the popular children’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, our high-contrast, black-and-white graphic pattern brings spot-on style to even the most staid interiors. From throw pillows to drapery, you can use a little or a lot to get that instant wow factor.

Dodie dalmation print lamp shade

Decorating with animal prints is a low commitment cost that yields high impact results. Just a touch kicks up the style in any room. For a fun change of pace, switch out the lamp shade in your office or change the look of a chandelier with our Dodie Shades. And because this classic color combination reads as a neutral, you can fearlessly add it into any mix.

Dodie dalmation print

Dodie dalmation print

Add aged brass nailhead trim to Dodie, and you end up with a lot more sophistication than whimsy. In a room full of creamy neutrals, pure whites and metallics, the matching headboard and bench become an instant focal point — and it doesn’t feel over the top. Using the same fabric creates a visual continuity and allows it to dominate the rest of the bedroom’s design.

Dodie dalmation print cosmetic bag

As it goes with most home decorating trends, we first spotted this chic animal print on the runway. We like to think of our fashionable foldover clutch and cosmetic bag as an homage to the fabric’s runway roots. This holiday season, we’re taking it with us everywhere!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply

    Jean Teets

    October 11, 2014

    Love, love the Dalmation spots. Ecited about that pattern. I also love zebra patterns/designs.

    Excited to check out all the decorating articles.

    Thank you so much,

    Jeannie Teets