Decorating with Patterns: How to Nail the Trend

Do you love to see patterns included within interior design schemes but finding it all a bit intimidating introducing them into your own home?

Then look no further because I’ve put together some top tips on how you can easily nail this trend while creating a gorgeous, unique look for your home.

Here’s how:

Start with the Basics

It probably goes without saying that you can’t just mix and match any old pattern and hope for the best. If you start getting too overzealous with on-trend botanicals and geometrics, you might create a look that’s an assault on the senses.

Rather, you need to decide what patterns you want to opt for and how you’ll use these to complement one another. For example, if you are keen to opt for the botanical look, cushions with leaf detail mixed with striped patterns (in similar colours) will look wonderful.

Be sure to choose patterns that don’t clash but bring out the best in each other.

Choose a Base Colour

To make sure everything complements your new design scheme, it’s a good idea to choose a focus colour that you want to build everything around.

For example, you may want to opt for pink blinds mixed with cute floral details in other pieces of upholstery.

Choosing your base colour will help you build up layers while still retaining that primary feature. So consider what this primary feature will be, i.e. those pink blinds or a new sofa or a feature wallpaper. Then, start to work in other design details that enhance this focal point but don’t detract from it.

Introduce Secondary Colours and Patterns

Building these layers is all about finding colours that pick out the pattern you’ve chosen or follow the theme you’re implementing.

For example, if you have a botanical pattern, you may pick out shades of green from this and introduce these in your rugs, cushions, lampshades and so on. All of this helps create layers of texture and style.

Resist the Temptation to Go Too Far

When you get into the swing of finding fabrics and colours that work well with each other, it can be easy to introduce one too many.

To avoid doing this, try to create a blank canvas from which you can build your patterns from. For example, neutral walls, sofas and carpets can soon be brought to life with patterns in cushions, curtains, blinds and so on – without it being too much for the room. This is also a great idea if you are a little unsure how far you want to go with your patterns and it will allow you to keep building the design until you feel happy with it.

Keeping these tips in mind should allow you to introduce a pattern-led theme into any room in your home with ease.  


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