How To Decorate With Patterns

How To Decorate With Patterns

How To Decorate With Patterns


If your space could use a jolt of energy and visual interest, pattern is just the thing. Breaking up your solid neutrals with an injection of colour and pattern is easy to do and will help you see your rooms in a whole new way. Introducing patterns can be done subtly through one or two pieces, or you can go all out and tackle an entire wall or area. Here are a few of our favourite ways to decorate with patterns.

Use An Interesting Tile

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In recent years patterned tile has made a huge comeback in kitchens and bathrooms. This is a welcome change, as it helps to freshen up these rooms and give them a more modern look. You might want to experiment with a patterned floor tile in your bathroom or as a backsplash in your kitchen. Keep in mind patterns can be very subtle and quiet—it’s not always about bright, bold colour. The look adds texture and visual interest, and makes your space unique.

Hang Wallpaper

It’s been years since we’ve seen houses completely decked out in wallpaper but the wall treatment has been making a comeback, and in a much more subtle way. Where it used to be about covering all of your walls, now wallpaper is more often used as an accent on a single wall, or in one or two rooms of the home, such as a formal dining room or bathroom. However you choose to do it, the look can be very high-end and elegant, or playful and modern, as in this child’s room above. It’s a great way to pull focus and create impact.

Buy Some Patterned Accessories

Any room can be transformed with a few patterned elements added in, even one that is neutral through and through. You can do this easily and inexpensively using throw pillows, blankets, wall art, or other textiles. In bedrooms that are otherwise solid in colour, you can add texture and pattern in the bedding you choose. The benefit of patterned accessories is that they often work well in several areas of the house; once you get tired of them, simply move them out to a new room.

Find An Eye-Catching Rug

Having a bold patterned rug in an otherwise neutral room makes a huge style statement. It’s a confident move, one that attracts attention and announces that you have a vision for your space. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce a colour, or a colour palette, that you love. It’s one of the simplest ways you can decorate with patterns.

Choose Window Coverings With Visual Interest

Patterned window coverings have a way of softening a room and giving it some character. As with other design elements, you can go with a bold, attention-grabbing design or something much more delicate. Window-framing curtains, either stationary or functional, look great in patterned fabrics, as do blinds, which work in every room of the house. 

As you can see, there are lots of opportunities throughout your home to add some pattern and visual interest. Once you get started, you may soon become an expert at mixing and matching! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more great home decor advice.

How To Decorate With Patterns
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