From delicate paisley floral to vibrant abstract stripes patterns appear in nearly every element and style of interior design. Although often bright and eye-catching pattern is also present in a subtle corduroy material or a tiled kitchen wall. Appreciating and utilising these patterns to your advantage is what makes for intelligent and highly cohesive interior design.
Arguably pattern is as equally influential in creating a mood or atmosphere within your room as colour. Thin delicate curves create a soft and feminine feel whereas thick straight lines provide a bolder statement. Retro wallpaper used for a feature wall acts as a contemporary design statement whereas a damask fabric teamed with a heavily floral curtain implies a more traditional feel. Consequently, your selection of fabric and wallpaper should be carefully considered. Generally speaking, whatever your style or taste only use one bold patterned fabric or wallpaper within your design scheme. Use this pattern as the basis for all other decisions.
Identify the key colours from within the fabric or wallpaper and tailor the other elements of your room to match these shades. For example, use heavily patterned curtains and purchase a plain couch and rug in colours used within the fabric. To create a sense of rhythm and cohesiveness why not add a few scatter cushions in matching material to the curtains. This will ensure the room is balanced and the eye is pleased and understands your design from all angles.
Alongside the colour elements of the design it is also important to consider the patterns made by other secondary fabrics and materials within your room. To create a more sophisticated design why not opt for corduroy, damask, jacquard or woven materials which contain a texture or pattern in their own right. For a luxurious addition choose a damask flocked material in a coordinating shade to your central pattern. Or, for a more traditional or masculine feel, choose a classic corduroy material.
To create a real sense of rhythm, take the more subtle patterns from these secondary materials and echo them throughout the room. If using corduroy, for example, try to find a cabinet with linear panels or lampshades with a vertical grain. Just like the scatter cushions this will repeat the pattern statements throughout the entire room.
Finally, if you are passionate about patterns and one bold stripe just isn’t enough, it is possible to effectively use a selection of daring styles within one design scheme. The key to doing this effectively, however, is to ensure that the feeling of design cohesiveness is compensated for elsewhere. For example, if using several varying patterns ensure they are all of the same tone and general colour palette.
This works particularly well in traditional properties where cream striped wallpaper can sit as a backdrop to a delicate golden damask armchair and a golden checked lampshade. This scheme can then be broken up with darker, blacker accessories and furniture in oak wood tones.
The key to effective pattern implementation is an honest eye which can separate your desire for damask with effective interior design. As with all elements, less is more. Think about making one or two statements and the rest act as supporting secondary features to assist in making the room flow and inevitably make sense.