6 Ways to Add Pattern to your home
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about ways to lighten up your home during the winter season. Winter can be a difficult time of year, especially if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or if you’re housebound. That being said, winter can also provide a great opportunity to make some changes to the interior of your home.
While I’m a big fan of white and neutrals, I also love the occasional pop of colour and pattern. Pattern done right in a room can make a space. If you’re looking for home design inspiration and interior design ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest.
One thing I’ve noticed a lot of designers do when planning out a room is strategically using pattern to add interest and pops of colour. Here are 6 ways to add pattern to your home:
1. Fun floor tiles. Adding pattern doesn’t have to be anything extreme, and especially in the kitchen where pattern might be more predictable or expected as part of a blacksplash, why not spice things up with some fun floor tiles? Rather than working with many different colours, a good rule of thumb is to choose a floor tile where the dominant colour complements your kitchen cupboards (or countertops).
2. Work in some wood. Bold, unexpected, and certainly a conversation piece, if you’re looking to add pattern to your home, do it with a natural element, like wood. A naturally stained, patterned wooden wall could add warmth to an industrial space or neutral room.
3. Colour by curtain. If you’re hesitant about adding pattern to your home, an easy and inexpensive way to experiment with pattern is by adding pattern to your home using curtains in a bold colour and pattern. This works well in a room where the furniture is otherwise neutral in colour. Accessorize with complementary-coloured cushions and accent pieces.
4. Patterned ceiling. What I love about adding an accent ceiling, is that you can keep your space otherwise neutral, and then you look up and, “Wow!” A patterned ceiling is a bold, refreshing way to incorporate pattern into your home. Depending on the pattern, you may want to look at a patterned ceiling in a powder room, guest bedroom, or home office.
5. Patterned furniture. Having a favourite wingback chair and ottoman reupholstered in a bold printed fabric is a great way to add pattern to your home. Especially effective in rooms with a neutral colour palate, patterned furniture is both bold and warm. If you’ve got more than one favourite chair, consider having both chairs reupholstered in patterns that complement each other. As demonstrated in the photo below, coordinating (but not matching) patterns can really warm up a space.
6. Wallpaper. Don’t panic. If you’re having visions of wallpaper gone wrong, open your eyes and check out some of the fantastic options that are out there. Even if you’re not willing to entertain it for an entire room, consider experimenting with an accent wall (or small space, such as a powder room). A little wallpaper can go a long way (and look wonderful).
If you’re looking for more pattern inspiration and tips on how to incorporate pattern in your home, be sure to check out my For the Home board on Pinterest. I’m always pinning home decor ideas and would love to hear from you!