When it comes to decorating your home, it’s easy to shy away from bold patterns and colours. All too often we associate ‘pattern’ with extravagance and decadence and feel nervous about committing to bright wall colours and furniture pieces. However, knowing how to use pattern & colour confidently can drastically transform your home space which is why we’ve put together the following guide. Below are just a few of our top tips to help you embrace pattern & colour in your next home decorating project.
1. Find a pattern that suits your personality
When we hear the word ‘pattern’ it’s easy to think of garish floral designs and outdated curtains and carpets. All too often people are put off by pattern because they haven’t yet seen any that suits their style. Patterns can come in all shapes and sizes from modern to classical and so it’s definitely worth exploring different pattern options to find something you love.
2. Use accent colour
Introducing colour into your home doesn’t have to mean painting all the walls bright yellow. Adding hints of colour here and there will lift the room without overwhelming the space. You can introduce splashes of colour into a room via accessories, such as vases and ornaments and through soft furnishings like cushions and throws.
3. Consider Scale
When using bold shades and patterns it’s really important to consider the size of the room in order to avoid overwhelming the space. If you’re working with a small or medium space, opt for an accent wall and stick to the same shade. In larger rooms you can afford to be a bit more punchy with your design choices as there is less risk of making the room feel small and overcrowded.
4. Choose Complementary Colours
Sticking to colours that are in the same tonal family will prevent that dreaded sense of clash/ contrast in a room. Consider colours that will complement each other and don’t be hesitant to incorporate neutral shades as a secondary colour. For example, if you are creating some DIY decorations with a blush pink, use grey-toned shades and warm neutral colours to balance out the colour palette.
5. Layer Up
Layer up colour, pattern and texture to add depth to the room. If you’ve gone for a neutral colour on the wall, introduce bold colour with accessories and soft furnishings, such as a patterned rug or bright vase. In general, woven fabrics look great against block colour, floral patterns work well with earthy colours, whilst black and white correspond perfectly with graphic patterns.
6. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Bold
Bold doesn’t have to mean garish. In the right space a strong impression of colour and pattern can perfectly transform a space. Be confident in using bold colours like gold, red and even yellow and don’t shy away from making the pattern the focal point. If you think a space looks great it probably does, and at the end of the day it’s all about creating a living space that you feel great in.
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