Design Lesson
Feb 27, 2012

Decorating with pattern

By: Cindy Jacobelli

Decorating with pattern Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Feb 27, 2012

Decorating with pattern

By: Cindy Jacobelli
We’ve all heard the saying less is more. But sometimes the opposite is true. While simple solids can be quite chic, decorating with pattern throughout your home can ramp up the style factor dramatically. Add sophistication to every room by playing with a pattern you love and then building around it. Don’t be afraid of patterns – take inspiration from them. Mix and match them or pull accent ideas from them. Either way, decorating with pattern is a license to play! Here are 7 pretty patterns we love!

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Bativia dove duvet set
We’re drawn to this pattern for its soft round forms. Clean, but bold, set against a neutral background, it’s an eye-catching detail for your bedroom, but maintains the zen feeling of a sanctuary. dwellstudio.com, $196. decor-patterns-ottoman.jpg
Essex printed ottoman
Make this ottoman the centrepiece of your room. The sophisticated pattern, soft colour and gorgeous legs make it striking, yet understated. Whether you match the colour, surround it with a soft palette or accent it with strong, bold darks, it will draw a lot of attention. West Elm, $322 -428. decor-pattern-wallpaper.jpg
Darcy: White & silver wallpaper
The quintessential way to decorate with patterns in your home is to put them on the wall. And nowadays, there are numerous wallpaper patterns, both old-world and modern chic. We love this pattern for its size and simplicity. The pattern is big enough to capture the eye, but not overwhelm it. Graham & Brown, $70 (per roll). decor-pattern-towels.jpg
Snowflake Jacquard towels
If you like to change up the look of your bathroom decor, the snowy motif makes great seasonal decor. But this pretty pattern isn’t just for winter; the soothing colour works well year round. For added options, the colours are reversed on the back. Pottery Barn, $32.48. decor-patterns-tablecloth.jpg
Floral Boutis tablecloth
Bring a little Provence into your home with this pretty floral tablecloth, inspired by 17th-century Indian textiles.  Surrounded by a soft palette of colour, it will instantly lighten your room, making it feel sunny inside, even when it’s not outside! Williams-Sonoma, $59.95 - $69.95. decor-pattern-plate.jpg
Ralph Lauren Mandarin blue salad plate
Kick your tabletop style up a notch with this traditionally rich pattern in gorgeous Mandarin blue. It makes every dinner a swank affair. Use it as a complete table setting – or mix it with classic white dishes as an accent. Either way, wow your dinner guests by decorating with blue pattern! The Bay, $19.99. decor-pattern-hamper.jpg
Berry hamper
This berry-patterned basket is perfect for any room thanks to its neutral colours and versatility. Use it to carry laundry or as a stylish storage solution for towels or toys – or even as a magazine holder. It will help keep you organized and looking chic at the same time. Etsy, $78 USD.
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