Other people prefer to have
a plan. Maybe you are trying to recreate a traditional look,
or maybe you are trying to achieve a specific ambience. Whatever
your goal, you should remember the following tips when panning
- Small rooms should use smaller
more intricate patterns, which will fill the space with more
- Large rooms
should use grand patterns, that stretch out throughout the space
and keep the room in proportion.
- Use your patterns to add interest
to places that lack architectural features.
- Make sure your pattern is
matched to the style of the houses architecture. If your home
is a grand old Victorian you dont want to create a confusing
décor with contemporary silver geometric lines.
You can use some patterns on
everything in a room, the walls, furnishings, floors, and accessories.
However the room will be immersed in the very particular ambiance
created by the pattern, so be careful of overwhelming yourself
with anything you wont love for a long time.
Traditional pattern decorating
is done with a single pattern, being matched against a solid
background. In this way a boring white room is given vibrant
life by a series of brightly upholstered chairs.
Mixing patterns with different
colors and with other patterns can be a little tricky. You have
to both create harmony between all of the different colors, and
create contrast to give the space interest.
- Mixing patterns is tough!
Start with just one or two, decide how you feel about them together,
and then add more.
- Try to maintain one dominant
pattern, and let the others act as support.
- Use patterns which have a
single consistent color that runs through all of them
When working with patterns,
many people find it useful to use a board, and samples of the
various patterns, to get an idea for how they feel together.
You can use samples of cloth from the store, matched with paint
chips, and magazine clippings. Set several patterns up together,
and then leave them on the board for a couple of days, so you
can see how you really react to them.
The most important thing when
using pattern is to be willing to change your mind. If a pattern
doesnt feel right, or stops feeling right after a time,
then you have to get rid of it. Patterns can create powerful
feelings in a space, and you have to pay attention and be aware
of those feelings in order to control the ambience of the room.