Decorating with bold pattern is not for the faint-hearted – especially if you plan to match walls to floors, or furniture to curtains. If you’re feeling brave enough, going big with patterned design is a great way to add drama and colour to a room – plus it will hide a multitude of sins!
Before you settle on a pattern, think about the room you are going to decorate. What do you use it for? Is it a place to relax quietly? To entertain? Or even to work in? The function of the room will determine the type of pattern you use and, of course, your colour scheme.
To redecorate a room with a calming influence, choose classic vintage style. A conservatory or dining room can be much improved with soft pastel shades, wicker furniture and a traditional chequerboard floor. Romantic and feminine, add French-style influence to a vintage bedroom to add a touch of glamour to this personal space.
If you’re more interested in creating a room that will impress guests, opt for something a little more vibrant. Mixing the clean lines of sleek white furniture and the ornate detail of bright green damask wallpaper will create a luxurious and contemporary living room for you and friends to relax in.
Not just for making a statement, you can add pattern to just one piece of furniture or one wall to create a striking focal point in an otherwise paired-back home. Try reupholstering an old sofa in a retro print to breath new life into your decor. Or choose a patterned carpet for a small area, such as the hallway to add interest to this formal space.
A red and white striped wallpaper looks confident and gives a vibrant look to this room. Try mixing stripes in a variety of widths but stick to one colour and keep floors neutral.
Eye-catching retro patterns are brilliant for brightening up old furniture. Try mixing strong graphic prints with bright colours and classic shapes for instant style points.
There is an indisputable line between coordination and camouflage. Before you commit to a pattern it is worth asking yourself just how long you are prepared to spend looking for the chair.
Classic black-and-white-chequered flooring gets an unconventional treatment in this botanical room. Team with vintage-inspired florals and toile de Jouy wallpaper and finish with a decorative wicker dining set.
We love a unique look on housetohome and French-boudoir-meets-regency-Beetlejuice certainly qualifies. Well done that chair!
This Moroccan-inspired geometric carpet will add interest to a formal room or hallway. Whether you decide to upholster the wall is a matter for your own judgement.
Proof that bold pattern can be wonderful as well as weird, this dense damask wallpaper creates a luxurious backdrop for a modern living room. Team up with clean white furniture and plain fabrics.
This eye-popping scheme has a trick up its sleeve. Simply put on a pair of 3D glasses and you can walk INTO the wallpaper.
Though not for the faint hearted, we love the bold colours and oversized floral patterns in these curtains. For a more subtle effect, team up with white walls and hot pink accessories.