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6 pretty patterns to use in your home

6 pretty patterns to use in your home

6 pretty patterns to use in your home Author: Style At Home

Accessories & Furnishings

6 pretty patterns to use in your home

Adding a burst of pattern in your home can make a big impact without busting your budget!

In our homes and in our decor, little things so often have the biggest impact. Pattern is such a great example of this phenomenon. You can bring out the best in a plain sofa, a dull table or a bare floor with just a zip of pattern. Yet so many of us are intimidated by picking out patterns. What if we choose the wrong print, or what if it goes out of style? How will it work with the other patterns in our home?

Here’s a secret: patterns don’t have to come with a big commitment or investment.

How to choose pattern

Gorgeous pattern is a conversation-starting element that can pull together disparate colours in a room, or freshen up a piece of furniture with the simple addition of a boldly printed toss cushion. First, know that there is no hard-and-fast rule to choosing patterns and graphics. But if you truly don’t know where to start, think about the interior colours you’ve used already in the room you’ve chosen to inject with patterns, and work from there, finding a design that will combine those colours. Let’s say your room has oatmeal-coloured furniture and light blue walls. The safe money is on a pattern that combines these shades. Then, consider your design style. Modern types might be drawn to lattices or polka dots or chevrons. Lovers of French antiques may gravitate to toile prints or delicate bird prints, whereas collectors of English antiques might veer toward florals and damasks or even stripes. Midcentury modernists might go for tone-on-tone curvy geometrics. Transitional-style devotees have it easy; they can mix in pretty much any pattern they like, from animal prints to ikats.

Still feeling lost? Nothing will take the place of legwork; look at lots of patterns in magazines, in your friends’ homes, at decor boutiques and even big box stores, and eventually you’ll figure out what you like. Ask for second opinions from friends you trust. It’s almost a guarantee that the stylish people in your life love to give their opinions about pattern. And lastly, start small. You don’t need to wallpaper the living room. Throw cushions, side plates, glassware and bed sheets are all inexpensive ways to add beautiful pattern into your home.
How to mix pattern
The received wisdom is that mixing pattern in interior decorating isn’t for the faint of heart. But it’s really not so tough. Keeping different colours at the same saturation level is one way to go about it, for instance, such as mixing pastels with other pastels. Another trick is to stick to one colour--all burgundy prints, for example. Yet another is to introduce only one bold pattern and let the others of the same colour family be subtler. Again, if you’re in doubt, solicit some opinions. Ask friends, post your inspirations to social media and ask for input, talk to knowledgeable staffers at your favourite furnishing stores.Pattern is meant to inspire happiness, so above all, be sure to have fun. Find inspiration for your home with these patterns you're sure to love.

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Polka-dot dishware

Kate Spade’s platinum polka-dot dishware is a delightful, classy, and entirely effortless way to add a goes-with-everything pattern to your dining room design. Kate Spade Larabee Road Platinum five-piece place setting, Bed Bath and Beyond, $160.

Image by: By: Helen Racanelli Source: Bed Bath and Beyond

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Striped throw blanket

A striped throw blanket is a low-commitment, high-impact way to add crisp pattern to a bedroom or living room. Draper Stripe throws, DwellStudio, $198 USD each.

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Watercolour-inspired pillow case

Today’s updated florals are not fussy and old-fashioned. This watercolour-inspired print would make a white leather sofa more inviting, or add a soft touch to predominantly navy-blue bedding. Bluebellgray Jenna pillow, Indigo, $70.

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Wool rug

Ikat has become something of an instant classic and a design-world darling, suitable for ultramodern spaces as well as shabby-chic ones, like this stylish area rug in soft shades of yellow and gray. Ikat Links wool rug in Horseradish, West Elm, from $147.

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Outdoor dishware

Outdoor dishware in inexpensive melamine is one place it’s practically expected that you opt for a bright, cheery pattern. Furnishings designer Jonathan Adler updates an Italian print from the 1960s with this delightful geometric pattern. Sorrento Melamine dinner plate, Jonathan Adler, $10 USD.

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Storage baskets

Storage baskets in a sweet herringbone pattern come in handy for corralling loose magazines and stray toys, especially in a living room. Charming baskets, Land of Nod, from $49 USD.

Image by: By: Helen Racanelli Source: Land of Nod


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6 pretty patterns to use in your home