What springs to mind when you think of patchwork? Typically it would be country cottage, along with Victoriana, Shaker or Shabby Chic – However, it doesn’t have to be any of these, although they all offer great interior design styles, you can bring patchwork bang up-to-date by using it as wall covering as well as duvet cover sets, throws, cushions or rugs. Whichever way you wish to bring patchwork into your bedroom you will be pleased to know that another of this year’s interior design trends focuses on hand-made and home-made soft furnishings.
Let’s start by taking a look at the country cottage scene. The quintessential English country cottage uses floral fabrics, stripes and gingham checks for soft furnishings. The use of wood is all so seen in bedrooms with rocking chairs, bed frames and curtain poles. The whole ambience is one of quaint charm and peacefulness and reminds us of fabrics which have cottage garden flowers and pastel colours.
If you want to adopt the trend of handmade you could make your own patchwork cushion covers and bed throws, request free fabric samples so that you can coordinate the patterns and colours more easily. You could also up-cycle (another of this year’s trends) some of your old linen and even clothes, to create patchwork covers – which would be ideal for a Shabby Chic styled bedroom.
To create a Victoriana look include lace edges or silk ruffles to trim your patchwork soft furnishings.
Bring patchwork up-to-date by giving it a modern twist, you could create a statement headboard in patchwork or cover feature a wall in a patchwork of squares. Coordinate the look by adding a patchwork trim onto duvet sets and pillow slips.
One of the great advantages of patchwork is that you can use any colours you like, for example you could opt for a predominance of red, pink, blue or green whatever takes your fancy and suits the style of your home and your existing colour scheme.
The use of patchwork is also a superb wide of bringing different textures together to add diversity into your décor. A contemporary and modern look use patchworks which include faux animal hide, snakeskin and luxury velvet fabrics. From more traditional patchwork you should base your fabrics on cotton blends. If you’re making bedspreads or throws try and use the same weight of fabric throughout so that the throw lays relatively flat.