I’m watching the weather channel as Arctic cold fronts move across the provinces and folks are kept at home due to heavy snowfalls, this is perfect, as it gives us time to add some pattern to our rooms. Pattern will bring colour, warmth, texture and style to any room.
So many of us our terrified of adding pattern. What if it’s too loud? Too bright! Too bold! Too big! What if it clashes? What if it’s just too much? Relax and trust your designer instincts and go for it, pattern will make a statement and bring more wow to your rooms that any other element.
Okay, so now I have you starting to think ‘pattern’ but what kind of pattern? Horizontal stripes, chevron stripes, oversized damask, graphic, geometric or a large organic, yes, yes and yes again. With pattern the trend this year is go large and in charge, bold, a whole lot of fun, a whole lot of style and a whole lot of impact!
How can you put pattern on the wall? Paint it on, paper it on, hang fabric, graffiti your walls, use back lit stone or acrylic panels, beveled mirror or fabric panels or laminate boards. Alternatively put pattern on the floor with a fabulous area carpet or great pair of boldly upholstered chairs.
Designer guidelines for pattern:
- In small spaces cover all four walls with the pattern, if you are only brave enough to cover one wall try adding pattern on the ceiling. Just because a room is small (think powder room or dining room) doesn’t mean you need to use small scale pattern, in-fact a large, oversized pattern will make the room look larger and feel more sophisticated.
- If there are other patterns in the room they must be at least one third smaller in scale to ensure good proportions. Mixing patterns is right on trend so go ahead and try!
- When using big, bold, patterns it is imperative that the colour palette be consistent and flawlessly executed. Messy application will ruin the effect of the pattern and confuse the eye.
Look to fashion for your pattern inspiration. We saw a lot of colour blocking with bold geometrics this season- could this work on your walls? Absolutely! Asian inspired designs and brocades are also on every page of Vogue this winter. Try reupholstering a set of arm chairs in a wonderful brocade or look for a modern flocked wallpaper or hand painted silk to add colour and pattern to special feature walls. Humor is always welcome at home and in our wardrobes and we are seeing the rise of pop art and the ‘creative chic’ so try adding a quirky pattern like Tetris blocks or bubblegum balls to your home surfaces. If you want to add pattern, put your fears and inhibitions away and just do it. You’ll love the results, and it’ll come together more naturally than you think.