Even though lots of people think it is quite easy to use patterns all around the room, we must disappoint you and let you know there are techniques and ideas that must be taken into account when decorating a room. It’s not for nothing they use professional decorators, is it? That’s why we created a basic guide to patterns in interior design, to introduce you to this art of creating beautiful designs!
1. Theoretical notes. Just like in school, there is a short classification which helps us distinguish between different kinds of patterns. The most common types are: stripes, floral/organic, motif, geometric and animal. Also, complex patterns can really turn into a downer of your interior design if you’re not careful. But more on this, later.
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2. Complex patterns. As we were saying, complex patterns are something wonderful, but at the same time scary for your decor if you don’t know how to use them. Usually, patterns that are based on several bright colors, diagonal lines and criss-crossing details are tiring for the eye. Therefore, it is recommended to use them only in open spaces or large rooms. They are really an easy way out of designing a large area, so make them the central point of your decor.
3. Vertical or horizontal? After reading this guide to patterns in interior design, you will always know when to go for vertical lines and when for horizontal ones. Vertical ones are very helpful if you have a small and/or short room. They add more height and make the ceiling look higher. More than that, they are more elegant and can be used for a more sophisticated design, and even historical recreations of designs. Meanwhile, horizontal designs give the illusion of more space and width in a room. Also, they have the opposite effect of the vertical ones: they “lower” the room and can make it look smaller.
4. Floral prints. One golden rule when it comes to using floral prints and patterns for an interior decor is to match the size of the pattern with the size of the room. This is recommended for a harmonious and equilibrated design, but of course, you can always go for oversized patterns for a more modern touch. Other than that, you can let your creativity flow freely and create an original design for your home.
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5. Motif patterns. Motif refers to a pattern that is repeated again and again on a surface. Usually it consists in abstract shapes, but again, you are free to use whatever motif you like. They are a great trick to bring harmony into a large area and an open space: just use the same motif in different places around the space and it will create a homogeneous flow of color and design.
6. Colors. Colors are, obviously, very important when choosing a pattern for your design. Another rule you should know is that high contrast patterns result in a very energetic feeling, and are therefore suitable for the kitchen, while a more subdued atmosphere for living room and bedroom can be obtained with colors which are pretty close.
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