Using patterns when decorating a home is very on-trend right now. However, it can go really really wrong, really really quickly. Whether you're new to the world of interior design or a seasoned pro, we hope these tips will help when it comes to using patterns in your home.
1. Use the Pattern as a Small, Repetitive Accent
Adding just a splash of pattern can easily jazz up a room. The picture below is a perfect example of how a little bit can go a long way. Just two of the chairs and a couple of throw pillows have patterns but the room looks more inviting and open. The rug also has a pattern but it is so neutral that it doesn't cause too much clutter within the room, the chairs are the true focal points. Goes to show how a small detail can have a huge impact.
(Photo credit: http://oharainteriors.com/project-gallery/)
2. Mix and Match Patterns (But Know When Enough is Enough)
Mixing patterns can be tricky because it's easy to go overboard (see #3). However, if you have the ability to find the perfect combinations, your room will look luxurious. The picture below shows a room that is not overwhelmed by patterns, yet also features at least five different ones. The trick here is that each pattern only has one color and a neutral background tone, making them easier to combine with other patterns. The ottoman in the bottom right corner is the only multi-colored pattern in the room and it features the colors of all of the surrounding patterns - which ties everything together. Using patterns is all about balance.
3. Use Too Many Different Patterns
Having too many geometric patterns in a room can really crowd the space. The designs can easily create a confused, overwhelming feeling and the room will begin to feel much smaller. As you can see, a room can feel cramped even when there is no one in it.
4. Use Too Much of the Same Pattern
While some may find this look charming, we find it to be suffocating. Using too many of the same patterns can create a "room-spinning" effect. Switching up the patterns will help you avoid feeling claustrophobic. For example, in the picture below, if the walls were a subtle red stripe and the chairs were a soft chevron in white or neutral tone, the room would immediately open up.
We hope this helps you when it comes to using patterns!