Inject personality into any space by decorating with pattern

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  • Whether you choose bright patterned wallpaper, subtly patterned cushions, or bold contrasting prints, decorating with pattern is a wonderful way to introduce character into a room

    If there’s a room in your house that’s looking a little tired and needs a bit of a boost, inject some life and personality into it with a touch of pattern. You can go as bold or as subtle as you like, with dainty floral prints, big geometric shapes, stripes, or polka dots. Pick a theme or be dramatic with clashing patterns and colours. Decorating with pattern can be as simple as buying a new tablecloth or cushion cover, or as daring as wallpapering a room.

    Here are some of our favourite ideas for decorating with pattern:

    Make a statement with patterned wallpaper

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Create a feature wall with statement wallpaper like this tie dyed print. Find lampshades, cushions, and crockery with a similar pattern for ultimate impact.

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    Buy now: Wallpaper, Harlequin
    Buy now: Similar Ikat patterned cushions, Etsy

    Mix subtle patterns for sweet dreams

    Patterned bed linen

    Image credit: Simon Scarboro

    Layer a selection of throws, blankets, and cushions to create a humble yet head-turning bedroom. Use a variety of textures, patterns, and weights for a chic scheme.

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    Buy now: Monochrome throw, House of Fraser
    Buy now: Red and white cushions and throw, Khadi & Co at Selvedge

     Mix and match contrasting patterns

    Contrasting patterns

    Image credit: Polly Wreford

    There’s no holding back in this bright and bold bedroom. The bed is adorned with a huge variety of colourful and quirky patterns, and the key colours have been pulled out and injected into the bedframe, wall, rug, and lamp.

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    Buy now: Similar cushions, IKEA

    Choose a variety of patterns in similar colours

    Patterns in the same colour palette

    Image credit: Claudia Bryant

    When mixing designs in the same palette, vary the scale of the print to add interest. This blue living room combines small prints on the footstool with medium-sized prints on the cushions, and large-scale prints on the rug and cushions.

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    Buy now: Similar curtains, John Lewis

    Dress up slouchy sofas with patterned cushions and throws

    Patterned cushions

    Image credit: Simon Scarboro

    Make lounging an art form with decorative scatter cushions and throws featuring traditional patterns and weaves. Go for a muted colour palette for a country-inspired look.

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    Buy now: Burnt orange cushion, Harlequin

    Add bold accents to a plain backdrop

    Bold accents

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    You don’t have to commit to a big decorating project to introduce splashes of pattern into your home. A pale, plain scheme for floors and walls frees you up to add pattern elsewhere. Pick a colour scheme or go bright and clashing. Perfect for those who get bored easily or who like to keep up to date with all the latest trends.

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    Buy now: Similar rug, Amara

    Get inspired by nature with shades of green

    Shades of green

    Image credit: Dan Duchars

    Green brings an energetic and refreshing look to any room. Mix leafy imagery and floral patterns in a variety of scales to bring nature indoors. Go for native plant shapes or tropical palms depending on the vibe you want to create.

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    Buy now: Similar blinds, Rapture & Wright
    Buy now: Leafy cushion (left), Clarissa Hulse

    Take pattern to floor level

    Patterned rug

    Image credit: Simon Whitmore

    Make a rug the statement piece in your living room, then echo the colours and motifs in accessories such as cushions. Patterned floor tiles create impact in kitchens, bathrooms and hallways.

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    Buy now: Similar rug, Wayfair

    Go arty with geometric patterns

    Geometric patterns

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Geometric patterns add eye-catching vigour to a room. Wallpaper with a geometric print makes a dramatic statement, but even just small doses of these attention-grabbing designs can make a big impact. Try on cushions, rugs, lampshades, and upholstery.

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    Buy now: Similar wallpaper, Jane Clayton

    Choose stripes for a classic look

    Striped pattern

    Image credit: David Brittain

    Stripes are a simple way to inject pattern into a room. They make a statement without being overly dramatic, especially when used in soft tones. Choose bed linen in the same colours as the stripes in the wallpaper for a calm bedroom scheme.

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    Buy now: Similar wallpaper, Graham & Brown

    Which of these is your favourite idea? Let us know…

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