Home decorating can feel like a daunting task. Many people are afraid to try bold patterns and colors and stick to a boring, neutral palette. I challenge you to embrace your love of patterns and incorporate them into your home decorating.
Pick Your Pattern
Without a doubt, it is easier to plan the color scheme of the room if you choose the pattern first. Perhaps you have fallen in love with a chair that has a colorful floral print. Plan to use the colors in the pattern for the rest of the room. Perhaps the walls can be painted a shade of green from the leaves. Maybe the couch is the same pretty yellow as the flowers. The curtains can be the same color as the background color of the chair. The pattern on the chair is the inspiration for the entire room.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns! Stick to similar colors and shades when mixing patterns. For example, I would not mix pastels with jewel tones. But, a jewel toned plaid and a jewel toned floral print could look great together. Be sure to round out the room with some solid colors that are pulled out of the patterns. This will give the room a cohesive look and keep it from being too busy.
Choose Which Room to Use Patterns
Children’s rooms are a great place to play with patterns. In my son’s nursery, I painted wide vertical stripes on the lower half of his wall. The stripes are very subtle shades of oatmeal. The curtains are a French toile with the background color being similar to the striped wall color. The print is a sage green French country scene of children playing. The crib sheets and changing pad covers coordinate in beige, green, and chocolate brown. They are fun prints of polka dots, stripes, and gingham checks. A handmade quilt adds more patterns in the same colors as the rest of the room. The quilt is draped over the back of a beige rocking chair. Mixing patterns in soft colors creates a peaceful and stylish nursery.
Still Not Ready For A Pattern?
If you are still scared to decorate with patterns, experiment with them in places that are easier to redecorate. Buy a shower curtain with a pattern. Hang some printed tea towels in the kitchen. Use a patterned piece of scrapbook paper as a matte for a framed photo. Buy a patterned area rug or welcome mat. By making these small, less expensive changes it will give you a chance to play with patterns without making a big commitment.
Resources: personal experience