No matter where you live, be it a house, an apartment, a family member’s guest room or on the road decorating can make a big difference in how comfortable you feel. When you decorate do not be afraid. Go boldly forward and paint that wall red, use a black comforter, decorate with patterns. What?! Patterns?! Here are a few tips from my wife, who is an avid HGTV and TLC watcher and loves Pottery Barn and IKEA and studied scene design, about how to decorate with patterns.
Decorating with Patterns: Find a Color Scheme: First things first for any room and that is to find a color scheme. Grab a color wheel and find out what colors inspire you. You can use complimentary colors which are next to each other on the color wheel such as blue and green. You can use opposite complimentary colors on the color wheel such as purple and yellow. You may choose to do a monochromatic theme with just pops of color such as grey and red.
Decorating with Patterns: Find a Main Pattern: You will want to find one main pattern that will be the inspiration for colors and types of smaller patterns. For example you may want to choose a bold tulip pattern with big leaves and bright petals. From there you can use the tulip pattern and add smaller leaf or vine patterns, patterns with an outdoor feel, or patterns with a similar flow of color.
Decorating with Patterns: Vary the Pattern Sizes: If you were to use big patterns all over your room then you would certainly feel overwhelmed. Decide first where you want to use the main pattern. For example you may want to use the fabric from the tulip pattern on the comforter. You could then get smaller green vine patterns and use that on the accent pillows and curtains. You could also use the large green vine pattern on a chair with smaller red tulip patterns for pillows there.
Decorating with Patterns: Size Considerations: Your pattern will make a big difference depending on where you use it. If you are using a plaid for example that can almost be a solid if you use a small plaid on a big surface such as a couch. If you use gingham that also works as almost a solid and then can have larger more vivid patterns placed on top of it.
Decorating with Patterns: Conclusion: Play with patterns. Anything that you do to a room can be undone. Patterns are so fun because they will break you out of your boring solid routine. Bring your personality into a room and use patterns to do it.
My wife, the decorator