Many homeowners are nervous about using patterns and prints in their interiors. This is often because they are concerned that their presence will make their rooms look messy and overbearing. But using pattern is an easy way to inject energy and interest into a room without having to redesign the entire space. Whether on a small or large scale, patterns can work well alone or when mixed together. But as with most things, there are right and wrong ways to introduce pattern into your home. To build your confidence and to make sure you get a perfect balance every time, take a look at these suggestions.
See what others have done
Before you start looking for patterned tiles, wallpapers and furniture it can be beneficial to see what others have created. This can spark your creativity while also showing you the many ways patterns can be used. It can also make it easier to imagine what your home would look like with patterned walls or furniture. You can look online at designers such as Juan Pablo Molyneux for ideas on combining different patterns. Interior’s websites, magazines, and books can also give you insight into how other people have used pattern in their homes. Don’t forget to look at your own home for inspiration too. Your current color scheme or a piece of furniture you own could make choosing the right patterns much easier.
Patterns come in many different styles, from bold geometrics to dainty florals. To narrow down your options, you need to determine which styles you like the most that will also work within the space. Visit an interior design store and look at samples of wallpaper, fabric, and tiles, depending on the room you are decorating. An up-close look at different patterns will make it easier to determine what colors and styles you prefer. If possible, take some samples of the patterns you like home. This will allow you to visualize how they will work within your home and open your eyes to potential areas they could be used in. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns that are similar or completely different either. Just remember to never use more than three patterns within one room.
If you’re not quite ready to start covering your walls in patterns just yet, start on a smaller scales. Using cushions on your bed or sofa can introduce pattern without being too terrifying. Colourful and bold designs can stand out against a neutral backdrop and bring plenty of personality into the room. Another option is to update your rug with a patterned design too. If vibrant color isn’t your style, neutral and monochrome patterns can also make an impact. So don’t feel pressured into using lots of color if you would prefer not to. This will help to build your confidence and get accustomed to using pattern, which might make you more courageous in future.
So instead of being fearful of patterns, embrace them and start using them in your interiors. You’ll be amazed at just how much of an impact they can have if used in the right way.