If you’ve been debating about whether or not to use prints or patterns in your next decorating project…fear no more!
Prints are definitely more eye-catching than solid or textured fabrics. They dramatize the look of window treatments, furniture, wall coverings – and yes, even area rugs. Be sure to choose one main pattern, usually large or medium in scale and make that your show stopper design. This piece can serve as your inspiration for the entire room.
You can then add additional prints and patterns in smaller scales to your room’s overall design. Just be sure to not crowd your room with too many patterns – especially if it already holds a lot of furniture and accessories. Too many prints will make any room seem small and cluttered.
Good design allows one’s eye to rest in some areas of a room. This is where solids and textures can provide the perfect backdrop. Pull these hues from your inspiration piece and you are well on your way to creating a harmonious room.
In your family room, let your sofa be the backdrop, a solid color, and your throw pillows provide the “wow” factor with a bold print or pattern. In your bedroom, select a piece of art that “speaks” to you and mount it over your bed. Then, pull its colors and design into your pillows and accessories.
As a general rule, big bold prints will make objects appear more dominate. Small patterns can eliminate undesirable angles and visually increase the size of a room. So, doesn’t it stand to reason that you’ll want to use the bigger, bolder patterns on furnishings that you truly want to stand out? Utilize a bold print on your window treatment to draw your eye to this feature. Then by using coordinating prints of a medium or small scale design to complement your main print, you’ll easily avoid overcrowding your room.
So, what prints are popular now? Two-tone graphics, multi-color suzani prints with circle motifs, bold chevron, animal prints, especially zebra with its black and white contrast, ikat tribal designs, and paisley is reappearing. Select a print that you love and use it on the ever-popular accent chair or area rug.
When used properly by you or a professional, decorating with prints and patterns will help make your home be pattern perfect.