Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to use patterns in interior design

Prints and patterns can instantly make a space look more interesting and stylish. When it comes to period styles in particular, they typically set the appropriate motif and mood for the room. Here's how to introduce pattern in your home...

Using patterns in your home linens makes it easy to swap them out every so often.

Upholstered pieces

Having patterned upholstery can take your home's design to the next level. There are many patterns available for fabric upholstery including customized options for that exclusive look. Upholstery patterns are not limited to fabric though. Leatherettes may have stamped and embossed details.

Patterned upholstery is great for an accent chair or headboard in the bedroom. 

Curtain choices

Window treatments are the perfect canvas when it comes to pattern use. Curtains and roman shades employ fabric, which makes it fairly easy to choose from. However, other types of window treatments hardly have patterned options. 

Home linens

An easy and flexible way to infuse your home with prints and patterns is through your linens. However, the dramatic character of patterns can make them overwhelming at times. Using patterns in your home linens makes it easy to swap them out every so often. Throw pillows, bedding, kitchen towels and table cloths are typical linens that can benefit from a dose of pattern. 

Wallpaper prints

While wallpaper has decreased in popularity, no other material can create the same impact when it comes to prints and patterns. Aside from plain prints, you may also choose wallpaper with metallic effects and faux finishes. 

Wall decals

Wall decals are often used in commercial spaces to foster brand identity and design. However, you may also use them in your own home, particularly for youthful designs and kids’ rooms. Some wall decals can be easily peeled off once you grow tired of the design or decide on a redesign. 

Tile designs

Don’t underestimate the power of flooring as a way to inject pattern into your space. Decorative floor tiles such as machuca tiles create an exotic feel. Meanwhile, solid-colored tiles may be arranged in such a way to create pattern. Tiles may also be used on walls, as in bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes.


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