Mastering Patterns | 4 Tips To Incorporate Pattern Like a Pro
Love Bold Patterns? Keep These 4 Tips in Mind!
Decorating with patterns continues to elude most people. It takes practice and patience to balance patterns in a way that has depth and character but still feels calm. We’ve put together four simple rules to help you along the way.
Pro Tip #1
Use at least three patterns in a room and vary the scale
Choose three different patterns and distribute them throughout the room with varying scale. For example, in the photo below the pattern in the custom drapery is a very similar pattern to that of the cushion however the pattern in the cushion is a much larger print. This creates fluidity and repetition without over-using the same print or pattern. Different patterns are important because they create versatility and balance. You can introduce patterns with pillows, area rugs, drapery, and bench cushions.
Pro Tip #2
Select Colours with the Same Intensity
Keeping your patterns within the same intensity or colour family will make it easier to pull the room together. In the vignette below of the beautiful headboard and bedside table the colours are very vibrant which connects them and makes the space work. There are also subdued tones of the same colour which adds variety.
Pro Tip #3
Don’t Place Patterns on Top of Each Other
Break up your patterns with solids. Too many patterns on top of each other will leave your room feeling static. Choose a base colour which grounds the overall colour way. In this stunning day bed / reading nook below the patterned cushions are balanced with the uniform coloured pillows.
Pro Tip #4
Patterns Don’t Have to be Colourful
Monochromatic or tone-on-tone patterns can feel eclectic or even luxe while still boosting the character and depth of the space.
The most important rule when decorating with patterns is to keep it in small doses. Begin in one room with patterned pillows and slowly build with other patterned items. When you feel like one area of your space is complete, move on to the next! Remember, we’re here to help, so feel free to ask a question in the comments section below!