Designing With Pattern

Curated Living
Pattern is a way in which we strive to create order.  To use pattern is an art and can be more difficult than it may seem.  The following info provides ideas and information you need to design a stylish and livable home using pattern with confidence and finesse.

Choose a pattern theme and repeat it throughout the space.  If you have a sofa and matching chairs with rectangle arm shapes, consider using more rectangles in the form of floor lamps, vases, ottomans or as accents in wall décor.

You can still incorporate other patterns, but by following a pattern theme, your entire room will have a balanced feel.  Pattern can be found in various forms, such as flatware, fabrics, furniture, accessories, dinnerware, flooring and so on.

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Creating a stylish interior involves more than just mixing and matching colors. The premise of pattern usage in interior design is an essential part of the end result. Patterns are noticeable on fabrics.  Most people overlook the natural patterns in the shape and placement of furniture. All objects possess patterns, whether they are stripes, square, circular, or a combination of shapes.

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Consider patterns that are suitable for the style of your home. Bold patterns and vibrant colors would work well in contemporary spaces.  These patterns would not work so well in a French country style home.  For an even design transition, repeat the patterns that already exist in your home’s architectural elements. Some of the ways in which pattern is applied are eminently practical; others are fairly eccentric.

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Add accessories to emphasize the patterns created by your furniture placement. For example, place a tall vase on a low table and create a pattern that draws the eye upward. In the same approach, use throw pillows with checks, stripes or circles to add a geometric element to the flowing pattern of a sofa.

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Create pattern with repetition when decorating your walls. For a stylish look, hang an odd number of rectangular picture frames side by side. To draw the eye to a particular picture, hang a picture in a prominent area on the wall and gradually place smaller pictures on each side to draw the viewer’s eye to the main picture.


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From the conventional to the unexpected, pattern inspires successful and truly personal decorative schemes.  Have fun fusing patterns into your interior décor projects. Even though there are general rules for using pattern in your interior decor, the object is to do what makes you feel good about the look of your home.

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General Guidelines for using pattern in your interior décor projects:

  • Complex patterns that use several colors and diagonal, criss-crossing lines are busy for your eye. They can liven up a large area, but it may be overwhelming for a small room.
  • Vertical lines add height to a short room or add more height to a high ceiling.
  • Horizontal lines add space, width to an area.
  • Remember the size and scale of your space.  The larger the space, the larger the print, the smaller the space the smaller the print.  Yet adding a large print to a small area can give you a feeling of grandeur.
  • The same grouping or pattern used throughout an area can draw together a wide open plan. It will create a flow and sense of continuity.
  • Colors affect how we see patterns.  High contrast patterns create an energetic feeling and colors close in value create a more subdued environment.
  • Texture affects color. Rough textures will absorb light while smooth textures will reflect light.

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