Start with the basics
Adding prints and patterns can take a room from plain to perfect – here’s how to get it right
When it comes to introducing patterns in your home, the first decision you need to make is how much you can handle. Do you want to go all out and mix and match completely clashing designs, or do you want just one or two simple elements for a stronger look?
Are you a fan of big bold prints or do you prefer subtle designs that will add texture to your room? Once you know which look appeals most, you can begin to create your room around those elements. And since pattern is the defining design feature, that’s the place to start.
The feature wall
Still a great choice and bang on trend these days, wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to add pattern and, more importantly, an interesting focal feature to a room. Whether you want to cover just a chimney breast, one wall or a whole room, you can easily transform your home with an instant new look in just a few hours.
Another popular trend is applying paint in colour blocks. It’s a great way to add pattern and brighten up a room. It’s especially good for rooms that have no fireplace to act as a natural focal point.
The choices of printed fabric designs are endless and as well as introducing a hit of pattern, they can lend softness and layers of texture to a room, too. Your window treatments are a great opportunity to add a patterned element, as are blinds in a vibrant design. Put the two together and you’re really cooking on gas!
Bringing in new cushions is one of the easiest ways to update a scheme. They can be mixed and matched and changed around often and at very little expense (especially when you compare that with the price of redecorating a whole room).
Fun with furniture
Don’t play it safe with your furniture. In a living room, go for a bold design such as a patchwork sofa or a striking armchair. In a plain space, it’s a great way to add
as a rule of thumb, stick to one large pattern for 50 per cent of the room, with smaller designs or plain textures for the rest of the room
interest. for a bedroom, choose a bold headboard that will take centre stage. When it comes to furniture, patterns can make the room something special.
Get the accessories right
If you just want to instantly update a space with pattern, then accessories are the way to go. Choosing the right colours and designs can instantly revive your room with a completely new look. lampshades, rugs, artwork and clocks are easy additions, and even something as simple, as adding a monochrome stripe or floral vase to a sideboard, will give it a fresh look. Choosing accessories based on a theme is the key to adding pattern to a room.