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Patterns in Interior Design

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Sometimes we look around the room, and see that it lacks something, some intriguing detail, a personality. However, we can cure it by adding pattern into the interior design.

Patterning Basics

The neutral, moderate rooms, with muted colors are usually the ones which desperatelly lack charisma, that is when patterns and textures are the saving solution. Patterns can change the appearance of the room, fix the large missing spots, or enlarge the space if needed. But you need to know some basics of using pattern before starting to experiment. There are 6 types of patterns:

  • Stripes;
  • Geometric prints:plaids, dots, angular shapes;
  • Organic Prints: floral, vines, nature inspired (even animal prints)
  • Pictoral prints: realistic and abstract
  • Motif prints: paisley, herringbones, etc.
  • Sometimes texture is also considered a pattern if it is visible enough.

To introduce a pattern in a room, choose three different kinds of the pattern and include them into the room, however all of the patterns need to be in the same color scheme. The patterns can be used in upholstery, carpets, walls, just about anywhere.

However, before choosing the patterns, consider two other things: the size of the room. With the small rooms be carefull to choose lighter patterns. Patterns as trellis, toile de Jouy, and such would make the room appear larger. For the large rooms, you can use large prints, bold patterns, it won’t hurt a bit. Secodly, consider the style in which your room is decorated. Contemporary styles like geometric patterns, stripes, abstract prints. Traditional interior is more into organic prints, but it all depends on the type of the traditional interior. But of course, experimenting with different patterns is always a good idea.

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