Whether you choose a simple stripe or a vibrant tartan, it’s easy to work pattern into your decorating scheme. Make sure you strike a balance – too much can be overwhelming – and be sure to choose a harmonious colour palette.
Bring tartan into the 21st century with a unique taupe and red colourway. This wool-blend wallpaper is a contemporary take on the traditional Scottish pattern. A large red leather sofa complements the modern feel of the room while a mix of gold accessories adds a touch of drama.
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A wide stripe is the perfect way to add strength and softness to a scheme. This classic design is elegant, yet understated and works well in this neutral bedroom setting. The mix of dove grey and ivory grey gives this scheme a fresh, calming feel. When laden with a mix of tactile throws, the bed becomes a luxurious focal point for the room – the perfect place to wind down and relax.
Cobalt blue is a striking choice for soft furnishings such as a curtains and rugs. This period dining room is brought bang-up-to-date with a large-scale geometric pattern. If you’re feeling bold and are ready to embrace strong geometrics, be sure to balance with white for a fresh, modern feel. Here, the geometric print plays off the walnut furniture, which, along with the white walls, gives the whole room a fresh vibe.
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The botanical trend is a perennially popular look. Despite being around for several years, it shows no signs of disappearing. Seen most frequently in wallpapers and furnishings, it can be incorporated into a decorating scheme with little effort. A feature wall is a great option; team with leafy fabrics and accessories for a cohesive look. Keep your colour palette simple. One vibrant tone often works best, while the rest of the scheme is kept pared back and neutral.
Damask has long been featured in traditional homes and lends a glamorous feel to almost any space. Here, a grey base with a pretty white design knocks back the strength of the pattern. Team with neutral tones and white-painted woodwork for a fresh and relaxed feel. Or, if you’re after a bold look, go for a classic red damask pattern. This works particularly well in a dining room setting, especially when teamed with dark wooden furniture.
The intricate designs of toile de Jouy were popular during the 18th century and often depicted detailed scenes of family life. Nowadays the classic pattern has moved on and is available in a mix of striking colourways and designs. This contemporary living room setting features an intricate toile in a dark colourway that lends a dramatic feel. The mix of modern furniture and accessories brings the scheme bang up to date.
Herringbone is the pattern of the moment. Named due to its resemblance to the skeleton of a fish, the design is effectively an arrangement of rectangles and has been around for centuries. What’s more, it’s been making its way on to almost every accessory, cushion and rug this season. Here, a dark herringbone-patterned floor sets off the cool white bathroom suite perfectly, creating a sophisticated and grown-up scheme. Gorgeous.
While polka dots normally only find their way into girls’ bedroom schemes, here the use of the pretty pattern really brings this hallway to life. Whether it’s in a rug or blind, use the polka dot fabric as your starting point, and team with white walls and a few spotty accessories for a fresh look that won’t be overpowering. Keep the rest of your scheme relaxed and rustic so you can enjoy the simplicity of this classic pattern.
Large-scale monochrome checks are a perfect way to bring this classic pattern into a modern setting. The stylish simplicity of the colours in this dining room lends a sophisticated feel to the space. Don’t be afraid to mix checks and stripes – they can often work well together and bring a new dimension to a traditional decorating scheme.