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Pattern trends

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Patterns—either you hate them, or you love them. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be much middle ground when it comes to this particular decorating trend. Devout minimalists swear against them, whereas lovers of eclectic design and colour cannot do without. Here at homify, we love to see patterns in interior design projects. Adding a completely different dimension and ambience to a space, whether they are in throw rugs, pillows, tiles or upholstery, patterns are a great addition to any space. Your artistic license is completely free these days, as clashing patterns and textures is very much in vogue. For interior decorating novices, we understand that adding bold patterns to your home can be a rather daunting task. What happens if you add too much, or conversely, too little?

Employing an interior decorator for assistance is the best way to ensure your patterns and textures balance and unify the room. By following and studying current trends, your designer will be able to suggest to you an appropriate level of pattern, as well as consider how far you are willing to go. Then, the following questions are raised: Where do I add pattern? When do I stop? Today on homify, with the help of our wonderful UK experts, we will be showcasing a variety of rooms, with various patterns that create completely different looks. Brace yourself—you might just been converted after you see this ideabook!  

A patterned affair

The British Empire Collection:  Living room by Occipinti

The British Empire Collection


For the those who are not afraid to mix and match different colours, textures and patterns, this example is perfect for you. The headboard, quilt and cushions, down to the accessories on the side table, are an eclectic mix of different floral patterns. Florals are a great way to begin your pattern journey; generally speaking, they always complement each other quite well. You can see from the photo that the colour scheme has been kept relatively consistent. Blues, pinks and yellows have been used in varying shades and intensities. This is not a feat for a novice decorator: you will need to have some background on clashing bold prints to make this work.

Curtain call

Curtains are one of the most common places we add pattern, as they are easily replaced and drawn up or down at various points in the day. This is a great option for those who want a bold print, but don't want the commitment of viewing it all day, everyday. On top of this, it is an effective way to add colour. Stop for a moment and think what this image would look like minus the blind. In our opinion, it is the perfect finishing element to a muted kitchen space. 

Couch capers

For the lovers of country and colonial design, the couch is one of the first places that you would think about adding colour. And, we know, that it would definitely not be the last. As you can see here, the pastel shades of green and pink are tied in gently together. And, even though the patterns vary, keeping the colour pattern unified means each sofa blends together in perfect harmony. 

Moody & warm

Marylebone:  Bathroom by LEIVARS



When people think of patterns, they generally think of florals in pink and green (as previously pictured). No one assumes that floral patterns can be sultry and sexy too. This bathroom is a wonderful example of a mysteriously themed room—instead of pastels and pale colours, we see a dark chocolate brown highlighted with a whimsical bouquet of silver and gold flowers. There are few cautionary points here, however.  Attempt dark colours only in rooms that have access to ample natural or artificial light, like in the picture. This is a general rule of thumb for all decorators. 

Floor it

This example of a patterned tile floor is both inspiring and uplifting. A scene of utter elegance and style, we love how the designer has put stark modern features together with an art deco inspired floor. Unified tile flooring in a single colour or texture has been the decorating trend as of late. However, we are glad to see a resurgence of artistically created floors. There is no rule to say that art belongs on the walls, and we feel that this image exemplifies this notion. 

Chromes tones

Fornasetti was a revolutionary artist and designer, and still to this day, his black and white prints of moons and faces are very much a coveted item for design aficionados. Usually seen on upholstery and accessories, these Fornasetti tiles have been used to maximum effect as this shower wall. As quirky as this room is, each element works together in perfect harmony and showcases that patterns, despite our preconceptions, can be modern, uplifting and quite simply, an incredible feature. 

On repeat

Vintage Bedroom:  Bedroom by Hege in France
Hege in France

Vintage Bedroom

Hege in France

Repetitious patterns are great for those who want to bring a bit of life to their walls or space, but want to keep it as modern and minimalist as possible. This wallpaper, whilst a stunning feature, blends into its surroundings perfectly without exerting its presence too much. In this case, the large pattern isn't at all taxing on the eye, and we don't find ourselves blinded by bold colours or overwhelming patterns. Given the location is a bedroom, it is ideal to keep the patterns muted and calm to facilitate relaxation and a good sleep. 

Tell us below your experiences with using patterns. We are keen to find out! 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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