Here at Pristine Decorating, we love clean, paired back contemporary styling, but we’re not shy of a bit of pattern either. And, we love it when a client throws caution to the wind and asks us to add a bit of pattern into their homes.
With print, graphics and patterns still definitely on trend, here are some handy hints as to how to introduce a little pattern to your home with traditional and contemporary styles…
Little by little
If you’re a little fearful of going the whole hog – why not start small? You could experiment in that box room or even the bathroom where a spot of geometric tiling can soften what is often a cold and austere room. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked and there will be bold designs throughout your home!
Think in themes
Combine patterns with a similar theme or influence, as a shape or motif used throughout a room can tie it all together. Patterns with similar print, colour and influence can really work well together. Vintage styling is a good example of how to do this, but it can be done with any theme. Folk is still a big theme for winter 2016, and that’s another great example of how you can use many patterns on a theme.
Give it some layers
Stong bold colours and patterns aren’t to everyone’s choice. So, if you’re someone that prefers low-key, the best approach is to keep your room scheme consistent through choice of colour, tone or design.
If you want pattern, but highly decorative or floral designs aren’t to your liking, look out for contemporary geometric wallpapers. Geometric patterns offer clean, sleek and modern lines, but can add a pop of colour and pattern.
One wall statement
As an introduction to pattern, why not try just one wall covered in a bold, pattern or print? You can then add colour and interest with your styling and accessories. To add pattern without going OTT, our tip would be to restrict prints to just one wall and ideally use just two colours.
Take it to the floor
Similarly, if one wall is even a bit much, a patterned floor can look striking. Coordinate walls and tiles to make it unite your room scheme.
There’s plenty of pattern out there to suit all tastes, but you can always find inspiration on our pinterest boards.