8 easy steps to help you add pattern to your home

Little touches can make a big difference when it comes to pattern. Incidental pattern can be added in simple ways to add depth and layering to your room. Interior desigbner William Yeoward shares his top tips.

1 “Replace the rug in your sitting room with the seasons: in the summer months, I choose one with great leaves and blooms all over, while in winter, I choose a monochrome patterned design.”

2 “In a bedroom, channel a Charlton Farmhouse or Bloomsbury Set look and choose a lampshade painted with a curious wild paisley or abstract design – it’s a perfect substitute for a dull plain cream card shade.”

3 “I find that while it’s the fashion to set a dining table in a simple way, I prefer to introduce a botanical or patterned plate just for the dessert course, to ring the changes.”

4 “I’m crazy for loose covers and love the idea of slip covering for the seasons, with a floral linen or even a chintz.”

5 “When laying the table, swap simple water glasses for clear or coloured engraved goblets and keep all the wine glasses plain; the goblet will become the feature.”

6 “I find matching chairs around a kitchen table mildly dull, so I tend to introduce a pattern onto a couple, maybe at the head and foot of the table.”

7 “When dining, be prepared; add an extra napkin for the first course: try a large, plain linen napkin together with a coral pattern design to add interest.”

8 “Don’t forget the hidden treasures. I noticed recently that a friend had lined her walk-in wardrobe with a snappy geometric-patterned, paper-backed fabric. What a joy to open the door from a very neutral bedroom to find this treat.”

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