How to Set Up Patterns in Home Furnishings

March 2, 2021

Many of us are confused by pattern and style. The pattern is one of the weighted elements which consist of the style. Because the pattern is a vital element in home furnishings, it conveys a design style and adds visual interest to the space. For example, pattern Paisley always represents Bohemian style; pattern Damask always stands for luxury and classic style. The pattern is a repetition of elements working in concert with each other and it is embedded in color, texture, and shape. Applying a balanced pattern is the key to better visual amusement.

Remember: Style first, then come after patterns. Hereafter are some tips you need to consider in applying a pattern home:

Stick to the Style

Every style has its own statement color scheme and patterns. In African-style design, a large number of natural shapes, textures, and minimalist handicrafts are presented. The palette often goes to the rich warm colors like burgundy, salmon pink, and deep brown earth tones. In Arabian-style design, the characteristics of luxury and elegance are omnipresent. Bronze, turquoise, and terracotta pink are often the tones of the space. Intricate oriental patterns can be spotted on colorful textiles, mosaics on the walls, and carved window shutters.

Once you determine a style, then look for the unique patterns of the style, it will make the work much easier.

Mediterranean Sea Style

Anchor Patterns in Colors

Rein Patterns through the Color Palette

It is quite common that people use multiple patterns in a design. Different patterns with different colors cause chaos. In a nutshell, pick from ambient colors or the same tonal family in the space, and then use them to anchor patterns. The corresponding tone will keep a thread going through the entire space. Hereafter are some solutions for the patterns going along with the colors around:

  • Striking patterns in contrasting colors in the neutral background bring warm and inviting vibes.
  • Diverse patterns revive the dark colors.
  • Big prints get along with the monochromatic color scheme.

Scale Matters

Make sure all your patterns are not the same size. Pairing the large patterns with medium and smaller patterns in the area will create an energetic and pop-up effect. The area rug, curtain, and bedding are the carrier for the large patterns, which defines the space and lay the foundation for the smaller patterns to dwell elsewhere in the space.

Pattern Scale

Align Patterns

The Rule of Thirds

Even there is no restriction on the number of patterns applied in a space, a set of three is more visually appealing and interesting. Odd numbers have the eyes travel with the elements and add visual depth. And you may go for 5 or 7 patterns into a grouping and still achieve the same visual interests.

The Rule of Thirds

Blend Patterns

Mixing different patterns sometimes could lead to chaos but there lies a master key to reining the rampant elements. That is “complementing and responding”. Different patterns with various scales would make the space well-balanced and using responding shapes would make space look more cohesive. Find ways to blend your patterns together by subtle changes in color and shape rather than repetitious ones.

The picture below is designed by Taylor and Taylor, it is a perfect illustration of how to blend your patterns.

What a terrific design! Adroitness in controlling the different patterns. A wool rug with geometric shapes of diamond and triangle in different colors is responded by the accent pillows with similar shapes and color hues. The wooden floor echoed by the wood shelf mounted on the wall, the coffee table in the middle with the same texture of the floor gives your eyes orderly layers to rest. The color of blue, red, white is all studded in the rug and the couch. The rug’s scales to the sofa and the accent pillow vary from big, medium, and small. Do you feel chaotic? Absolutely not. You can blend all your patterns into a tuned style.

Distributing Patterns Evenly

distributing patterns evernly
Distributing Patterns Evenly

By distributing the patterns evenly, you have various patterns rested in layers, ensuring the visual continuity flowing without any disturbances. Visual continuity gives a sense of aesthetic pleasure and makes a cohesive look of the whole space.

There are a few rules on how to distribute patterns evenly :

  • Use bold prints in monochromatic designs: Bold prints in monochromatic color inject vitality into the neutral background. It revitalizes your vision from hues of greige without hassling with the bold colors around.
  • Scale down impacts between the major patterns and smaller furnishing items: Pattern brings diversity and dimension. Choose one or two statement pieces with greater impact, then draw the elements from these as accents in other smaller furnishing.
  • Set tone for the rest of space by patterned centerpiece such as floor rug, big furniture, then build other layers conveying the message of complimentary: The area rug with unique pattern always anchors the space and sets a tone for the rest of the room. After doing this, you will find yourself naturally filling the space with the visual complementary items.

Avoid Overloading Patterns

The pattern is always imbued with colors, shapes, and textures. By adjusting these elements, you will get a different look with different visual effects. No rule defines how many patterns you could apply in the living space. But I still recommend you use a maximum of 3 patterns with different scales to avoid overloading patterns.

The outcome of overloading patterns is that you create a look of a kaleidoscope. It blurs your vision and induces drowsiness instead of relaxing and harmonious.

Upholstery Plays a Role

Curtain, Bedding & Pouf

Besides hard furnishings, such as floor tiles, wallpapers, furniture sets, don’t forget you have plentiful choices called Soft Furnishing. Yes, that is the upholstery. Upholstery covers your window treatment, cushion, pillow, couch, bedding, and more… You can select any pattern, texture, color to be agreeable with your home furnishing style. It revitalizes your living space, brings diversity, and adds visual interests and sensible touches. Without these wizards, your place could be a dull and cold shelter.

The true beauty in the textile is that it interweaves your taste and personality into its fabric. Each color, pattern, and texture it displays gives your home an identity. A vintage kilim, a Kashmir shawl, Persian Carpet, embroidery table runner, leather Moroccan Sit Pouf…all these incorporate into your home atmosphere seamlessly and have you sense the coziness and relaxation.

Indeed, upholstery is the soul of your room. The soft, sleek, and amorphous nature is well embedded with your furniture and creates a subtle dimensional look. The floor rug with conspicuous patterns always sets a tone for the entire place. The texture of the fabric enhances the effect of the pattern. The curtain strikes a balance between the functional and the decorative.

Upholster your home!

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