Patterns are a stylish way to add interest, color and flair to your home. But, there’s a fine line between using patterns in a subtle and tasteful way, and one that’s incredibly overbearing. Digest the following tips to ensure you use patterns to their best effect in your home.
If you’re unsure how to mix and match patterns, then seek inspiration from interior design magazines and online resources. Cut out patterns and pictures that inspire you. Visit homes stores and weigh up the range of wallpaper patterns on offer. Take one item from a room that you love and think of ideas that you could use to introduce patterned elements that work well with this one item. It’s always good to have a starting point, so that you can create a theme or focus to your pattern, so you don’t go off on a tangent.
Opt for patterns in colours that complement each other. For example, red and green work well together, as do yellow and green, red and brown, or orange and yellow. Don’t use more than two or three colours, unless they are different shades of the same colour. Too many colours may drown out the pattern and destroy the look that you want to achieve. For a really dramatic effect, take one coloured pattern and mix it with pure white.
Play with pattern size
Don’t just focus on colour when it comes to using patterns in the home. Consider the size and scale of the patterns, too. Large patterns mix incredibly well with smaller ones, so don’t feel that you need to restrict your patterns to one size.
Blend pattern shapes
Patterns come in all kinds of shapes, whether they are round, oval, zigzag style, vertical lines, crosses, squares, chevrons or something specific such as a floral pattern or animal prints. It’s perfectly ok to mix two different shapes or styles of patterns in a room to create an interesting and tasteful effect, but ensure that they work well together. Circular patterns and vertical lines work well, for instance. Stripes and floral are also classic partners. Sharp patterns and those with soft lines or edges are perfect fits.
Choosing where to place patterns in a room can be challenging if you have never worked with them before. Patterns can, after all, be used pretty much anywhere. You can have patterned wallpaper, curtains, rugs, cushion covers, sofas, table runners or chair covers, etc. So, how do you work out which can be used together for best effect?
One of the simplest methods is to avoid locating two patterned items right next to each other, unless you are completely certain they match. For example, be wary of patterned curtains placed against a patterned wall. If you want to mix patterned walls and curtains, then opt for a feature fireplace wall instead.
Patterned cushions work well with a patterned rug, table runner or chair covers. However, be wary of placing patterned cushions on top of a sofa that is in another pattern, unless it really complements it.
When not blogging about home improvement and DIY projects Crispin is the marketing manager for Internal Doors.