5 easy steps to learn how to decorate with patterns
Decorating your home with patterns and colors is a very popular trend, but in all honesty, it can get a little out of hand and create the completely opposite effect from the one you were trying to achieve. Don’t worry though – everyone can get overwhelmed when decorating with their favorite shades and shapes. As long as you follow certain guidelines, which are far from difficult, you’ll be sure to decorate your home with various unique patterns like a pro.
When it comes to the number of patterns you could use, it would be best to stick to two or three patterns the most. Of course, you can add more color-blocking colors, but don’t go over number 3 when patterns and shapes are concerned. The best approach in the case of three is definitely 60-30-10 or 60% of your favorite pattern followed by 30% of the second and 10% of the third pattern in the whole room. In general, two different geometrical patterns (stripes, plaid, etc.) work the best with a more textured one, such as vintage or floral print.
Use of colors
Definitely check the color wheel when choosing your color combinations in your various patterns or go with the repeat of the same colors in different patterns. What’s more, you can combine black and white with any other mix of colors for a more modern and urban vibe. Remember, when it comes to walls, you can use single color wall paint or mix of two in order to break the overwhelming impact that one pattern might have. When it comes to the combination of patterns in walls and furniture, you can apply one of the mentioned techniques the way you see fit. Whatever you choose to do, be it your wall décor or mixed décor involving furniture, walls and accessories, make sure that there are no more than 3 patterns present, while you can play with accent colors as much as you like.
Implementation of patterns
There are two major ways that can help you implement patterned décor in your home – using the wall as your largest scale pattern area or using furniture and accessories to implement patterns while leaving the walls relatively plain. If you’re going with the first one, you have to think of the accent wall you’re going to use and assess the proximity of other items that will have a certain kind of pattern as well. The closer these are to each other, the better. If you’re decided on the second one, it’s important to make the patterned items look harmonized and grouped, such as cushions, curtains and rugs. Don’t forget to include one or two color-blocking shades that would bring out the full potential of your chosen patterns.
Avoid the mistakes
There are no definite rules when it comes to pattern combinations. What you need to do in order to avoid feeling like you’ve made a big mistake is layering down the patterns and colors that you want next to each other and checking whether they appeal to you in such a mix. Also, avoid using many different patterns in the one same color. As mentioned before, it’s fine, and even desirable, for the colors to repeat, but not if there are two intricate patterns used for two different objects in one single color of the same shade.
Tone down the impact
If you’re going to decorate your home with bright colors and really detailed patterns, make sure to tone down their overwhelming impact by introducing different decorative objects into the room that are plain and of rather neutral colors. For example, if you’re using an accent wall, make sure that everything you put right next to it is plain and bold enough to break the impact. Shelves, sofas and interesting round rugs are a good way to do so. On the other hand, if you want to make some order among your patterned accessories and furniture, breaking the chaos can be achieved with coffee tables, big floor lamps and vases, all positioned in strategic places.
If you’re set on decorating your home with patterns, make sure to take your time in choosing the ones that simply speak to you and your individuality. Great first step would be looking at various patterns online, saving them into a folder and then comparing, mixing and matching them to get a better idea of what you’d like to achieve in your own interior.