Start with the basics

Adding prints and pat­terns can take a room from plain to perfect – here’s how to get it right

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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.

Easy fab­rics

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.

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