DOS AND DON’TS Of PLAY­ING WITH PAT­TERN

Un­sure on how to make pat­tern work? Fol­low our es­sen­tial tips

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Do

start your scheme by choos­ing the pat­terned el­e­ment first. Ev­ery­thing else in the room will need to work with this.

Do

cre­ate one strong fo­cal fea­ture. Bold wall­pa­per can be com­ple­mented by cur­tains and cush­ions in a softer de­sign.

Don’t

choose more than three or four hues in a room. More colour equals less style.

Do

de­cide on one bold pat­tern when mix­ing and match­ing de­signs. Two or three smaller match­ing pat­terns can make up the rest of the scheme.

Do

think about where you want your bold pat­tern to be – a sofa with a huge flo­ral de­sign may not work but cur­tains might.

Do

use sim­i­lar colours when mix­ing and match­ing pat­terns. Start with one de­sign and match all other el­e­ments to that.

Don’t

for­get floor­ing. Tiles, car­pets, and wooden floors pro­vide pat­tern and tex­ture, and as they can be neu­tral, they won’t in­ject ad­di­tional colour.

Do

stick to one pat­tern. If you’re us­ing a wide striped de­sign, smaller, nar­row stripes will match it, plus the colours don’t need to be the same.

Don’t

go for one block pat­tern – a headboard with match­ing cur­tains and pil­lows screams 1980s. Blend sim­i­lar colours or de­signs in­stead.

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