PATTERN AND COLOUR CONFIDENCE
Clever tips For WALLS, Floors AND Furniture
Whether it’s on-trend overscaled florals, exotic animals and birds, or bold stripes and geometrics, you can find just about any colourful pattern to adorn your home. Seek advice from the experts, such as an interior designer or colour consultant, or simply trust your instincts and experiment with scale and colour.
Take it slow
For the inexperienced decorator, it can be intimidating to choose from the vast array of wallpapers, paints and fabrics available today. Start with a simple patterned cushion, or a rug with a neutral background, to make it easier to co-ordinate with the rest of your home. Live with the pattern for a while, then, if you like it, add more pieces in the same colour or a similar style. Build up your decor – and your confidence – gradually, and as you grow bolder, work more colour into the mix. Think outside the box: try painting door edges
bold neon or window frames black or shiny metallic, to provide a neat contrast and edge to brighter patterns.
Don’t follow trends too rigidly. Instead, consciously choose what appeals to you and trust your instincts. The trick is to maintain a cohesive look, so play with a palette of no more than three or four colours to create a harmonious scheme. Clever layering will give you your own signature style and stamp personality and individuality throughout your home. A professional interior designer is one way to achieve the look you are aiming for, using mood boards and samples to guide your decisions. Otherwise, browse trends on Pinterest and refer to interiors magazines. And don’t forget texture, which is a great way to add subtle individuality and unexpected sensory pleasure to your home. Weaving, tufting, sisal, velvet, Venetian plaster and bare brick will all provide depth and interest.
Design advice for every room
Evoke serenity and calm with a muted mural
Add drama with matching wall panels and furnishings
Be bold with patterned wallpaper in small spaces