Dec­o­rat­ing with pat­tern may seem scary but, by fol­low­ing a few sim­ple rules, you’ll soon be liv­ing in a home en­riched and bright­ened by beau­ti­ful de­signs

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Vanessa Nouwens.

Dec­o­rat­ing with pat­tern

While many peo­ple find us­ing pat­tern in the home a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing, it’s a won­der­ful way to per­son­alise your space and can re­ally lift a room from or­di­nary to spec­tac­u­lar. Pat­tern can be added into your in­te­rior scheme in a va­ri­ety of ways from wall­pa­per to cur­tains, tiles and bed­li­nen. While your spa­ces should be all about what you love, there are a few guide­lines worth con­sid­er­ing if you are keen to add a splash or more of pat­tern.


The key to us­ing pat­tern suc­cess­fully in your room is bal­ance. The ul­ti­mate aim is to spread pat­tern around the room, not pile it up in one spot. It is im­por­tant to com­bine pat­tern with block colours that match those found in your pat­tern to make the room feel co­he­sive.

A good rule to keep in mind when de­cid­ing which pat­tern to go for is to think about the size of the room. The larger the space, the larger the pat­tern or print you can use, whereas the smaller the space, the smaller the pat­tern.

With stripes, re­mem­ber that ver­ti­cal lines cre­ate the im­pres­sion of greater height while hor­i­zon­tal lines ap­pear to widen a space.

Stripes are also of­ten used in pe­riod homes, and go sur­pris­ingly well with spots.


These days it’s okay to mix pat­terns, but it’s a good idea to pick a lim­ited colour pal­ette. For ex­am­ple, black and white is al­ways fool­proof, as are most neu­trals.

The key is to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent scales of the pat­terns you’ve cho­sen. If us­ing


Flower-based pat­terns never go out of style – they’ve been around for cen­turies and of­fer a re­as­sur­ing con­nec­tion both to the past and to our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. A small-scale

1960s flower print feels whim­si­cal and ro­man­tic, while a hy­per-real, colour­ful flo­ral

harks back to the vi­brant still lifes of the 16th and 17th cen­turies. There’s a flo­ral era out there for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing lovers of min­i­mal­ism, who may pre­fer a more

sub­tle, ab­stract flo­ral mo­tif.

3flo­rals, try com­bin­ing large-scale prints with a tiny flower or fo­liage de­sign. Flo­rals also work well when teamed with stripes.An­i­mals prints seem to fade in and out of fash­ion but adding a few to a neu­tral scheme can re­ally bring it to life. Stick to just two or three pat­terns to avoid a zoo effect!What­ever pat­terns you choose to use in your home, make sure you add some plain and com­ple­men­tary colours into the mix so the over­all effect is fun rather than full-on.


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In­te­rior de­signer/ stylist


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