There are many ways to get creative around the home, bringing life and personality into each room. Decorating with patterns is a popular way to do this, and enables you to add depth to your interior design. Here’s a short guide to using patterns successfully within your home.


There are many reasons to consider using patterns when decorating your home.

1. Bring Life to a Dull Area

Decorating with pattern is a simple way to liven up your interior, injecting life into an otherwise dull space. Many homes are decorated using neutral colours, which often isn’t very exciting or inspiring. Experiment with chevron, stripes, polka dots, floral or retro patterns to make your decor just a little more exciting.

2. Enhance an Overall Theme

If you’ve chosen a theme (e.g. vintage) for a particular room within your home, using patterns can be an effective way to enhance the theme. For example, nautical themes are popular at the moment, and can be enhanced by using striped patterns in navy blue, beige or red.

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3. Add a Splash of Colour

If you want to add colour to your room, but still want the walls to remain relatively neutral, introducing small areas of different patterns can add a splash of colour. A little goes a long way, which means it’s easy to replace should you change your mind.

4. Create the Right Atmosphere or Mood

Patterns can help set the tone for the entire room. Think about the type of atmosphere you’d like to have in each room, and search for patterns to compliment your desired mood. For example, look for patterns to relax in the bedroom, and to inspire in your home office.

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Once you’ve decided why you want to use patterns inside your home, it’s time to think about how you’ll use them. This is where the real fun begins! There are lots of ways to use patterns whilst decorating, but here are a few of our favourites to get you started:

1. Create a Focal Point

If you have a large surface to work with, such as a wall, patterned wallpaper can be an effective way to create a focal point within any room. There’s a wide range of patterns and styles available, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

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2. Accent with Accessories

If you want to make some temporary changes at first, there are plenty of patterned accessories that will bring life into any room. If you haven’t worked with patterns before, this is a great way to get started and experiment. If you change your mind, it’s easy to swap items.

3. Use Patterned Cabinets and Tiles

In the kitchen and bathroom, make use of patterned tiles and cabinets to compliment an overall theme or set the mood. This can be expensive, particularly if you have the items customised, so you should experiment with different temporary solutions before deciding upon a final design.

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4. Create a Party Atmosphere when Entertaining

Using patterns in the dining room is a great way to create a party atmosphere with your guests. If you’re not ready to create a large focal point within the room, you could purchase patterned plates, table settings or dining accessories. This acts as a fantastic talking point whilst your guests are seated around the table.

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