18 Stunning Spaces Where Pattern Rules
Pattern is something many of us tend to shy away from, but when done well, it's one of the most transformative elements of any interior. Those who do steer clear of it have probably experienced more rooms that clash than those that look chic. And while we completely understand your hesitation—we’ve certainly seen a few examples of this in our time—pattern doesn’t have to take over. Just a few subtle placements can be the difference between boring and beautiful. Once you know how to use it, we promise you’ll never turn back. From the courageous to the cautious, these inspirational rooms will showcase a few pattern rules to get you started.
Pattern is a great way to break up neutral palettes. You can stay within your chosen color wheel; just throw some similarly toned, textured, and patterned pillows or a rug in the mix to keep things interesting.
Pattern doesn’t have to be loud; it can speak volumes even when it’s subtle. This sophisticated space has several conflicting prints, but they all work together in harmony thanks to the tonal similarities. The red Moroccan rug really adds a striking color touch.
It’s not obvious at first glance, but this space actually features quite a bit of pattern, including wallpaper, dining chairs with patterned seat covers, blue porcelain vases, and a tiger-print cushion on the far corner in the left-hand corner. How does it work? Placement. It might take a little moving around, but it’s worth it once you get there.
In this room, pattern is hidden among bright punchy colors. If you really want the color to pop, choose your favorite tone with fun stripes, flowers or Moroccan influences.
If you're not into throw pillows, choose a standout wallpaper or, in this case, a marble wall feature. What a great conversation piece at the dinner table.
If you're feeling bold and want to step it up a notch, go beyond the casual throw pillow and invest in a patterned piece of furniture. We love this classic navy striped sofa with patterned pillows for added fun factor.
Print can add texture and an eclectic touch to a layered room. The rug and throw cushions in this space break up the heavy furniture with a touch of whimsy. Take the tour of this patterned place here.
Sometimes all it takes is one regal rug to make a room stand out with pride and polish. The cute cushions on the sofa add the finishing touch.
If you want a lesson in layering with pattern, consider this your visual education. There are so many different prints and textures at work here, but it all blends together seamlessly. Notice how it's all within a similar color palette; this really is the key to fusing so many together seamlessly. Take the tour of this hip L.A home here.
If you're still a little intimidated by pattern, test out your favorite looks in your bedroom. If anything goes wrong, this is the least likely place for visitors to see, which means you can really have fun with it.
Who says print has to be bold? This is how you pull print into an interior without breaking up the neutral theme. It's such a subtle, seamless addition to this bedroom.
Pattern is the perfect compliment to a large room with high ceilings. The open space can handle bold print, and it will add a touch of coziness to a cold room.
Australian interior designer Greg Natale is the king of pattern. He loves transforming a room using bold prints you wouldn't normally consider pairing together. When he does it, you wonder why you never thought of it before.
If you're unsure where to add print, look down. Bright patterned tiles are a great way to lift the room and inject some excitement into a simple space.