5 ways to add pattern with flair
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:
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.
"You can easily change a colour scheme just by changing the accessories," she said.
Art is the number one way to add pattern into your home, says Lods.
"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."
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.
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.
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.