Henry Holland reveals how to make pattern work in your home when deep down you're scared of bold prints

If you tend to shy away from print for fear of clashing, Henry has some practical tips

Henry Holland has shared some expert tips on how to make pattern really work in your home. So, if you're usually wary of prints when it comes to curtain fabric, wallpaper and cushion covers, keep reading.

Perhaps you're weighing up new living room ideas mid-renovation but wondering whether leopard print, stripes and terrazzo can really go together, or if it will end up looking like a dog's dinner. When we spoke to the famous designer - a man who never shies away from pattern - he said it's all about the smaller soft furnishings.

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We recently sat down with Henry to chat about his brilliant new homeware line, Henry Holland Modern Living, at Freemans, which he says is an evolution of his style, differing from his previous fashion lines. First of all, he said that in the soft furnishings, he used prints - but not everywhere.

'I think it's really nice to incorporate touches of print into the home to pull together colour palettes,' says Henry. 'I think if you go too heavy with print and pattern, it can limit how much you can mix in pieces from different places.

'But we started out with the prints and they had a lot more colour to them, and then we reduced them down to these much more succinct colour palettes across the prints, but still tonally working together. I would say smaller touches of print and pattern with more solid basics in bigger pieces.'

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Lady C lamp with Jiggle shade, £60, Freemans

(Image credit: Freemans)

Henry comments that by reserving bold pattern for smaller decor pieces, it gives you the flexibility to change things later down the line. 'It's nice to be able to evolve your home without having to scratch everything and start from the drawing board,' he says.

Henry adds that it can be helpful to consider the 'red line' going through your home. If you hone in on a few colours you love and stick to those when purchasing new decor pieces, it can help make a room feel more unified.

white background with white chair

(Image credit: Freemans)

From colorful maximalism to chintzy cottagecore, the home decor trends of 2021 embrace pattern in all forms, whether it's florals, geometric motifs or gingham. You can make different patterns work by sticking to similar tones and putting your most daring prints on smaller soft furnishings like pouffes, cushions, throws and inexpensive rugs.

Millie Hurst
Senior Content Editor

Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.