Design Tips | Ease Your Way In To Using Pattern

Many people like the idea of incorporating pattern to liven up their home but aren't sure about where, when, and how to use it.  Pattern can bring a lot to a space when used correctly but if it's overdone or misused, it can be a very distracting design faux pas.  So today we're going to give you some ideas for how to ease your way in to using pattern in your home where it won't be overdone or distracting!

If you're only comfortable with one pattern mixed with neutrals, reuse it in the space.  If you vary color and scale, it can almost look like a variety of patterns but will still feel and look like it flows without being overwhelming.  You will also accomplish the task of making your space a little more interesting!  Easy!  Right?  One pattern, different colors and scales--you can do this!

Take mixing neutral and pattern to a whole new level by using a brighter, more vivid neutral such as a navy blue (we consider blues neutrals).  Bringing in bold patterns can drown out softer neutrals, but a bold pattern balanced with a more vivid neutral will flow without leaving one half of the room heavy looking and the other one feeling drab.  You can also mix little bits of of the pattern in other parts of the room to spread it out instead of concentrating it on one piece of furniture.

People are definitely warming up to the idea of wallpaper and if you're one of these people, don't forget that wallpaper creates an easy way of bringing in pattern too.  Even though we don't recommend using paint to create an accent wall, this can work with wallpaper still.  And, if you're feeling really bold, try layering art on your wallpaper!

For most people, even if you're scared of pattern, you can envision it on the window treatments or on a rug.  Both of these places are a great starting point for incorporating pattern!  In order for your softgoods to be current, we recommend going with something that's larger scale (in either place), but definitely go for it!  Pattern in both of those places can speak volumes even if the rest of the room is neutral.

Look for ways to incorporate pattern in small areas--your kitchen backsplash, a small ottoman, a toss pillow or throw blanket, even smaller area rugs.  Start small and go from there!  Soon pattern won't be as scary for you and you'll be gravitating toward it in more areas of your home!