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How to use patterns like a Pro

Just as you think about color, line and texture, also consider how you can mix pattern in your room scheme.

Patterns are exciting to use and can lift a scheme from the ordinary to the spectacular! Patterns can be difficult to manage successfully - but there are some rules that can be followed until you become confident enough to break them.

The most common patterns we use in interior design schemes are:

Geometric, Stripes, Floral/Organic, Motif

Complex Patterns

Patterns that use several colors and diagonal and diagonal criss-crossing lines are busy for your eye. They can liven up a large area, but it maybe overwhelming for a small room. They can however look great in a large space when they are allowed to dominate. Also when used in pastel hues these patterns can be very refreshing to the eyes.

Vertical Lines

Vertical lines add height to a short room, or add more height to a high ceiling. They are also considered to be "classic" yet "contemporary". Vertical lines add a fun quotient to design, hence are

a great pick for kids rooms.

Horizontal Lines

Horizontal Lines add space and width to an area. They are also great if you are trying to lower the visual height of a room.


It can be big and bold or small and delicate. Foliage gives a very different look and feel to a room. A general rule of thumb, the larger the space, the larger the print, the smaller the space the smaller the print. Yet adding a large print to a small area can create a real feeling of grandeur.


A motif pattern is any randomly recurring pattern and id usually based on abstract shapes. The same grouping or pattern used throughout an area can draw together a wide open plan. It will create a flow and sense of continuity.

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