5 ways to add pattern with flair

Want to go all out with pattern? Here's how to add it into your home.
BELINDA MERRIE

Want to go all out with pattern? Here's how to add it into your home.

Pattern is a great and effective way to add interest to your space. But adding pattern to your home means you have some decisions to make. Do you want to go all out or simply and subtly add a bit of pattern? The choice is yours 

Stylist Sarah Lods and interior designer Sandra Aiken from D for Design, share their top tips: 

CUSHIONS

Start small with cushions and other home accessories.
BELINDA MERRIE

Start small with cushions and other home accessories.

Aiken suggests cushions are a great way to start if you're working from a neutral base.

Cushions, throws and other small accessories aren't costly commitments and are easily undone.

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"You can easily change a colour scheme just by changing the accessories," she said. 

ART

Art is the number one way to add pattern into your home, says Lods.

Choose art and prints that are colourful and interesting if you're looking to make a big pattern statement.
JANE USSHER

Choose art and prints that are colourful and interesting if you're looking to make a big pattern statement.

"If you can't afford original pieces, there are shops like Father Rabbit, Alex and Corban and Shut the Front Door selling framed photographic works that are reasonably priced, or you can just frame wallpaper." 

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WALLPAPER AND TILES

If you want to step it up a bit, go for wall paper and tiles says Aiken. Start with a single wall or small entry, and work up to a bigger space. 

If you're ready to go all out, tiles and wallpaper are the answer.
JANE USSHER

If you're ready to go all out, tiles and wallpaper are the answer.

TEXTURES AND ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES

"I love adding pattern through textures are architectural features, such as board and batten, tongue and groove and shiplap wall lining," Aikens says. 

Pattern can also be created through natural materials. She suggests sisal, rattan, wood, stone and brick as great ways to add pattern to your home. 

Ceiling and material features are a subtle but effective way of introducing pattern.
JANE USSHER

Ceiling and material features are a subtle but effective way of introducing pattern.

FABRIC TABLE CLOTHS

These make a really nice statement, says Lods, without going over the top. They're also easily changeable and can be moved or repurposed in other areas of the house. 

 

 

 - Stuff

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