HOW TO DECORATE WITH PATTERN
We share the expert tips and tricks that will help you mix and match prints with absolute confidence
What’s the best way to get pattern into a space?
‘There are two ways,’ says Frieda Gormley, co-founder of pattern-loving clothing and interiors label House of Hackney. ‘You could update your living space with wallpapered walls or curtains, which are really transformative. Alternatively, use cushions to layer prints – it should feel like it’s been delicately built up.’
What are the pattern rules for decorating?
‘Don’t put up wallpaper from a corner – start in the middle,’ advise Alistair Mcauley and Paul Simmons of textile and wallpaper studio Timorous Beasties. ‘Don’t use the same pattern scale for curtains and wallpaper – curtain patterns should be larger – and never use more than three prints in a room.’
Is anywhere out of bounds for pattern?
‘I love it everywhere, even on ceilings,’ says Gormley, ‘ but I am a fan of crisp, white bedlinen – it really sets off pattern.’
Do pattern clashes ever really work?
‘They require ultimate confidence, courage and co-ordination,’ say Timorous Beasties’ Mcauley and Simmons. ‘But when they work, it’s amazing.’ Gormley advises some caution: ‘I love layering prints and pattern, but there should probably be some harmony in the overall colour palettes or textures’.
What are the pattern trends right now?
‘The mood’s very much about detailed prints that almost become art,’ says Gormley. ‘The choice is really great at the moment.’