With Les­ley Taylor

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

My ul­ti­mate guilty plea­sure is flick­ing through decades- old home mag­a­zines to rem­i­nisce about the looks of old. And the one thing that con­stantly strikes me is just how much pat­tern used to be around. Wall­pa­per, cur­tains, so­fas and car­pets all clashed beau­ti­fully, only to be phased out as we fell in love with the min­i­mal­ist look. But fol­low­ing last year’s ob­ses­sion with Hygge, homes are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly cosy once more, with colours and pat­terns be­ing used more fre­quently to add depth and in­ter­est.

But it isn’t for ev­ery­one and if you’re un­sure how to in­tro­duce pat­tern with­out over­whelm­ing your ex­ist­ing in­te­rior, start small.

Table­ware and nap­kins will add vi­brancy in the din­ing room, while tow­els and tooth­brush hold­ers will draw at­ten­tion in the bath­room.

The great thing about pat­terned ac­ces­sories is usu­ally they are easy to re­place should you de­cide it is not the look for you. They are also great for find­ing your feet, ex­plor­ing which shapes and colours work to­gether and how they in­ter­act with the light in your home. And once you have the ac­ces­sories sussed you can move on to big­ger things. ond- hand stores or vin­tage em­po­ri­ums for an up­cy­cled pat­terned retro bu­reau or chest of draw­ers. Not only are these ex­tremely prac­ti­cal when it comes to clear­ing up clut­ter, but they will add a fo­cal point in a space of­ten de­void of one.

Wall­pa­per is one of the eas­i­est ways, but in­stead of re- pa­per­ing an en­tire room why not cre­ate a fea­ture wall or high­light an al­cove?

An­other way to in­tro­duce pat­tern would be through art­work. Art­work ranges in price from high qual­ity, yet low priced prints, to be­spoke, tailor- made paint­ings, so there is some­thing for all tastes and bud­gets.

You could even have a go mak­ing your own. Get a small wall­pa­per sam­ple from your lo­cal DIY shop and a plain, chunky frame and voila! Pat­tern at half the price.

Nowa­days if you want a vi­brant floor cov­er­ing tiles are your best bet.

There are plenty of pat­terned floor tiles and if you choose a porce­lain range – such as those from The Baked Tile Com­pany – you can keep these in top con­di­tion with the min­i­mum of ef­fort.

Tiles can be used in any room in the house too, gone are the days when they were sim­ply rel­e­gated to the bath­room or kitchen.

How­ever, re­plac­ing all your floor cov­er­ings through­out your home with tiles can be pricey; so a more bud­get- friendly op­tion would be to add in­ter­est with a rug.

You can get rugs of all shapes and sizes and not only will they bring depth, colour and pat­tern to a room, they will pro­tect your ex­ist­ing floor­ing from any un­sightly stains.

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