How to use pattern in your home

Do you love pattern but are unsure how to use it within your home? Then fear not as I’ve put together some top tips to help you create an inspirational interior. Just like the clothes we wear, how we decorate our homes say a lot about who we are. Pattern is a great way to add interest and personality to a room so, with a few guidelines to help, you can be as daring as you like! Go with your gut It can feel overwhelming looking at pictures in catalogues, magazines, images on Pinterest and social media, so start with the colours and designs you are drawn to. Have a look at your clothes; are there colours that you always choose, or do you have art or a poster on display with colours you love? Starting with what you know and already like really helps to focus on colours and theme. It’s also worth noting the colours or patterns of existing large items of furniture such as sofas, chairs and rugs as these need to be taken into consideration.  Pattern types There’s geometric, traditional, modern, abstract…the list goes on. Decide what sort of designs you like and how you’d like to incorporate it into your home. You could start small with cushions and lampshades, move to larger areas such as rugs and throws then there’s fabrics, carpet and wallpaper.  Create contrasts Once you know which colours and patterns to work with it's worth remembering the contrasting rule of thumb. Contrasting elements, such as textures, light/dark colours and plain/patterned pieces will add impact, depth and interest to any interior space.  Time to experiment By now you’ve got a good idea of the colours and patterns you like so here’s where you can play around with pattern. Here are some options to try;  Choose a primary, perhaps a large scale pattern and then pair it down with secondary more simple designs that work together. Use co-ordinating colours in varying patterns Mix plain colours in addition to patterns Combining classic with modern Mix and match patterns in the same colour  

Do you love pattern but are unsure how to use it within your home? Then fear not as I’ve put together some top tips to help you create an inspirational interior. Just like the clothes we wear, how we decorate our homes say a lot about who we are. Pattern is a great way to add interest and personality to a room so, with a few guidelines to help, you can be as daring as you like!

Go with your gut
It can feel overwhelming looking at pictures in catalogues, magazines, images on Pinterest and social media, so start with the colours and designs you are drawn to. Have a look at your clothes; are there colours that you always choose, or do you have art or a poster on display with colours you love? Starting with what you know and already like really helps to focus on colours and theme. It’s also worth noting the colours or patterns of existing large items of furniture such as sofas, chairs and rugs as these need to be taken into consideration. 

Pattern types
There’s geometric, traditional, modern, abstract…the list goes on. Decide what sort of designs you like and how you’d like to incorporate it into your home. You could start small with cushions and lampshades, move to larger areas such as rugs and throws then there’s fabrics, carpet and wallpaper. 

Create contrasts
Once you know which colours and patterns to work with it's worth remembering the contrasting rule of thumb. Contrasting elements, such as textures, light/dark colours and plain/patterned pieces will add impact, depth and interest to any interior space. 

Time to experiment
By now you’ve got a good idea of the colours and patterns you like so here’s where you can play around with pattern. Here are some options to try; 

Choose a primary, perhaps a large scale pattern and then pair it down with secondary more simple designs that work together.
Use co-ordinating colours in varying patterns
Mix plain colours in addition to patterns
Combining classic with modern
Mix and match patterns in the same colour