From a beautiful forest to a bustling supermarket pattern is everywhere we look.Whether it is the soft veins along a long leaf or the checkerboard of vinyl tiles the forms, lines and variation in colour of a pattern are often what gives an object or area interest, texture and its identity.When it comes to interior design people are often scared or intimidated by the prospect of injecting pattern in to their homes.However, with a logical approach and careful planning pattern can create a very sophisticated and subtle finish.

Before you begin designing your home look around you to gather inspiration for your chosen style whether it be nature, fashion, history or art.Consider how different patterns effect your emotions and mood:soft flowing organic patterns encourage relaxation and peace whereas bold stripes promote high energy and masculinity.Begin gathering patterns, scenes, textures and pictures that you are drawn to to create a collage of ideas and possible design schemes.Try not to focus too heavily on the relationship of these items and your finished home and instead stay open minded and open to inspiration.

Once you have a feel for your taste in pattern turn your attention to the room in question.In order for your design scheme to be successful you have to meet a balance between your taste and the effect it will have on the room.For smaller and darker rooms keep pattern as an accent.Introduce it with cushions, wall art, rugs or blinds to maximise the feeling of space and to avoid overpowering the room.If looking for wallpaper opt for a self coloured or textured wallpaper as opposed to a vibrant multicoloured design.Furthermore, avoid very large designs which will accentuate the small size of the room and instead turn to smaller polka dot sized prints in vertical lines to enhance the feeling of height and keep a sense of scale.

For larger rooms you can be much more creative with your design.Why not create a feature wall with bold patterned wallpaper or opt for statement curtains and upholstery in complementary fabrics.To keep the design sharp; balance these pieces with more simplistic plain scatter cushions, lighting, flooring and blinds.Generally speaking, keep the larger patterns for larger areas such as feature walls and curtains and choose smaller, delicate patterns for cushions, lampshades, foot stools and dining chairs.

Whatever style and choice you decide upon be sure to be highly critical and careful with your choices.Make mood boards, fabric boards and even drawings to ensure you have the correct balance of different patterns and plains.Don’t choose items and complementary pieces just thinking they are the correct colour as this very rarely works.Instead carry samples of the patterns and colours used within your room to make sure the various pieces work well together and that the pattern used helps bring each element and each colour together.