9 Simple Ways to Incorporate Patterns Into Your Home Design
Adding bold patterns to your home can feel daunting. Rather than worrying about picking a pattern you’ll get tired of in a few months, or having to completely redesign a whole room, try these simple ways to incorporate patterns into your current furnishings.
A kitchen backsplash is the perfect place to add some visual interest to your home. Pick a uniquely shaped tile with a bold color to create a unique pattern that will stand out.
Pro tip: if you can’t commit to a bold pattern and a bold color, choose a neutral color instead. You’ll still see a pattern but won’t tire of the strong color.
Mix and match
Recycle old mismatched tiles as a wall or floor covering. This stunning pattern was created from vintage cement tiles.
Pro tip: instead of tile, consider easy-to-remove wallpaper. You can use a straight edge to cut “tiles” of paper to create an eclectic look.
Outdoor accent wall
Don’t forget to utilize patterns outdoors, too! This outdoor accent wall creates a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living.
Pro tip: you can also use the pattern of a free standing screen like a trellis. Choose a material, like lattice, that can be easily spray painted any color. Hang colorful pots or grow a vine for additional color.
Use two contrasting colors of tile to create a bold stripe pattern that really stands out.
Pro tip: if you can’t afford to re-tile your bathroom, you can paint over old tile or consider using patterns in other areas such as a throw rug, shower curtain or artwork.
Fun throw pillows are an easy way to add pop to any room without feeling like you have to make a long-term commitment to one pattern.
Pro tip: always purchase high-quality, down pillow inserts as they will look good over time. Simply purchase pillow covers to change up the colors and patterns.
Carpet is a creative way to add design to your home. If a whole room seems too bold, try re-carpeting a staircase or adding a patterned area rug.
Pro tip: inexpensive carpet tiles, that can be cut into shapes and patterns, are a quick way to DIY a carpet pattern. Try a company like FLOR for ideas.
A patterned armchair (or two) can be a great way to add some personality to a modern seating area. Patterned upholstery is the best way to introduce or reinforce other colors in a room.
Pro tip: for an even bolder look, use one pattern on the back and sides of a chair and a different fabric on the inside and seat of the chair.
By wallpapering one wall instead of a whole room, you can create a stylish accent that is easier to change.
Pro tip: if you don’t know what color to paint the rest of the room, choose the lightest color from the wallpaper pattern and have your paint supplier create the match.
Try mixing and matching multiple patterns and colors to create a one-of-a-kind look.
Pro tip: don’t know if your patterns will clash? Many fabric designs are created as part of a collection; choose different patterns within the same collection to ensure that the hues and dye lots are the same.
This article originally appeared on Porch.com.