Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pretty Patterns!

Injecting a tasty pattern into your room is a great way to add interest and express your personality. From large surfaces to smaller accessories, ranging from applications that require a serious commitment to items that allow you to simply test a new look, here are 10 great ways to introduce pattern to your home.

While this requires a long-term relationship, adding pattern through delightiful tiles in a kitchen can become the cherry on the top!

patterned backplash via houzz
Consider adding a delectable print to an accent wall or an entire room by hanging a favorite wallpaper or painting a yummy design.

photo via Apartment Therapy

photo via decorpad
With flooring being one of the most expensive surfaces in a home, I'd advise there be absolute certainty that this is the one. But if it is, a patterned floor such as this is both unique & dramatic.

bright blue patterned floor via cocokelley blog

gorgeous yellow patterned floor via pintrest

A bold geometric, striped or floral area rugs can transform a space. With endless options on the market today at a wide range of prices, there are yummy matches for many budgets.


rug from West Elm

A timeless way to bring both pattern & warmth into a space is by selecting a scrumptious favorite fabric to be made into panels at the your windows. Nothing makes a room feel more finished. Why not risk a little to go bold?

both patterned drapes via houzz

With an upholstery job rarely totaling anything less than expensive, selecting a bold fabric to cover key pieces of furniture requires serious love. But if the attraction is there, look at what the result can be.

photo via

DIY herringbone pattern from Martha Stewart

Stray Dog Side Table at West Elm

DIY Headboards have become all the rage & are made even better when a yummy print is used. Plus, the headboard can easily be recovered with another tasty fabric!

patterned headboards via pintrest

A big trend is to bring color & pattern into a room through lampshades. Such an approach to bringing in pattern requires very little commitment, & is therefore a great place to start if not accustomed to living with bold pattern.

lampshade via homedecor2u

lampshades via pintrest

Shy of bold pattern & color? Start with the most popular item through which to introduce these elements into a room. With so many affordable & delicious designs out there, you are sure to find endless options to tempt you.

patterned pillows from Pier1

Do you want a serious amount of pattern in a space, but are not ready to cover the walls? Try boldly designed bedding, which can have an impact on a bedroom without the commitment.

blocked tulip duvet cover and pillows from west elm

After you decide where to tackle with your choice of pattern, layer them in a delicious way because without layering it tends to give an impersonal, unwelcoming space kind of feel to your home.

While layering patterns works with walls, floors, upholstery, ceilings, window coverings & accessories, it's best to take baby steps when first trying it out. That being said, I recommend starting with pillows, then working your way up. Remember layering patterns involves four main elements: color, scale, shape & texture. So choose wisely & have a yummy time!

peace & love,

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