Be bold with patterns
Unless you are a total minimalist, it is unlikely that your house is completely devoid of colour. Many of us feel less comfortable with using patterns, whether through textiles, flooring, wall coverings or crockery, as it can make quite a bold statement, especially if you go too over the top. Now is a great time to use patterns, however, as there has never been more variety available. Even patterned sofas are becoming more common after years of leather being the covering of choice.
Even if you favour the ‘less is more’ approach, you can still inject some colour into your home. The 1970s, 80s and even the 90s probably gave patterns a bad name, with swirly carpets, floral wallpaper and patterned velour sofas - often all in one room; however, there is so much out there that it would be a shame to ignore it!
Botanical prints are still very popular, as are geometric, 1950s-inspired patterns. There is something out there to meet most tastes and there are designs ranging from the bold and flamboyant to the more muted and subtle even within each ‘style’. Pattern does not have to mean bright colours and clashing colours - it can be as tasteful as you like.
You can embrace patterns wholeheartedly with wallpaper or even carpet, or you can choose something lower key - perhaps a china vase for the coffee table, or a table cloth, or even just a new serving dish or cushion. There is plenty available on the high street; alternatively, antique shops or markets and car boot sales are fabulous sources of crockery, glassware and vintage fabrics for something a little more original.
A few words of warning: unless you have very eclectic taste, stick to a basic colour scheme or theme. Mixing prints can be tricky to get right. A pile of mismatched cushions in different tropical prints can look great, but not if they are sitting on a chintz sofa. Keep other elements neutral or pick one colour for the walls or curtains.
On the other hand, you can of course be as bold as you like in your own home! If you do want to incorporate different patterns, such as florals and stripes, look through interior magazines for tips on how to mix patterns and colours successfully. There is nothing wrong with copying an idea you have seen - this is what these beautiful room designs are for!
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