A chevron pattern usually makes a sharp graphic statement, but this pattern turns the expected on its head by breaking up the usual lines of chevrons, in soft but playful hues. This Kilim rug would look delectable on a matte hardwood floor. Palani Kilim rug, Design Within Reach, from $800 USD.
If you love elephants now, do you think it’s likely you will hate them in a decade? We think not. That said, you might not want to paper a huge room in this print--but a small den or playroom might be just the place for a high-impact, unforgettable print (that is also removable). Walls Need Love Elephant Removable Wallpaper, Urban Outfitters, $68 per roll.
Zigzags by Kate Spade Saturday
A discussion of playful pattern is not complete without considering the role that throw pillows can play: this is the easiest way to inject patterns into your home. This “zigzag” pattern by Kate Spade Saturday for West Elm pulls in retro, modern and playful elements that are irresistible. Kate Spade Saturday Zigzag pillow cover, West Elm, $49.