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Tips for introducing patterns into your home

by emily

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Decorating your home can be a daunting task, especially when you’re decorating on a budget. If you’re usually one for simplicity, adding a patterned element to the room you’re making over might be the magic touch you’ve been searching for. It’s one thing trying to keep to neutral designs, but everything costs money. And before you know it, you’ve gone past your budget without having the chance to decorate.

But with patterns, simple or colourful, you can truly transform your space. It can liven up a dull-looking space and it’s an affordable way to change up your home with something new and refreshing.

Here are a few tips to consider when adding patterns to your home.

  • Start small with your decor choices

Before you go ahead and redesign your home’s entire interior with little experience, it is advised that you start small. Try to incorporate new elements by adding a pop of colour to your setting. For example, if you’re decorating your kitchen and want to add patterns to it, first start by incorporating a colourful appliance to the mix. When you’re testing the waters, you need to make bold statements. And this would be a great way to start. Based on the existing patterned items you have in your home, try to emphasise those before you go ahead and cover an entire wall with geometric wallpaper simply because it’s trending. For the living room, you could look at adding a patterned rug to the room if the rest of your furniture is solid colours. Or you could invest in house and home lounge suites that have a pattern on.

It’s the small steps that will help you to make more realistic decisions on the other areas of your home.  

  • Think about the balance in colour

If you’re thinking about adding wallpaper, visual art, cushions, curtains or ceramics to your room, make sure that you choose two to three patterns that work well together. Keep your colours related, for example, play with different shades of the same colour or use consistent hues of a particular colour. Any more will cause a colour block, which could make your space feel cluttered and messy. Also choose pattern colours that work well together, for example, green and grey. But be sure to do your research and see whether a warmer or a cooler colour will work best for your setting, as well as for the size of the room.

  • Don’t be afraid to choose a big pattern

If you’re trying to keep things simple, big patterns can make a massive difference on a larger scale, allowing you to then stick to neutral and plain furniture designs in the room. If you choose a big, bold pattern on your curtains, keep the rest of your room’s detail to a minimum. And if you’re unfamiliar with patterns, start small and opt for affordable curtains for sale. This way, you will be able to purchase a few different sets to see what suits your preference best. It is, however, important to note that if your curtains are bold and colourful, limit the patterned accessories in the room as this could be exhausting on the eye. You need to allow your eyes (and your guests’ eyes) a visual break.

  • Add patterns through accessories

If you decide to go against the wallpaper and focus the accessories, you can let your imagination run free. This way, you can stick to neutral walls and furniture, and rather incorporate patterns through online pillows, duvet covers, wall art or affordable curtains available for sale in South Africa. While it may seem easier to do it this way, you still need to be conscious of your colours. Keep a consistent theme

  • Experiment in your child’s room or the spare room

If you’re new to patterns, it’s going to take some time getting used to. For creatives, it’s usually easy to see how something will work, however, it’s not always that easy. You will need to mix and match your colours, patterns and textures, and having access to your child’s room or spare room will allow for that. Children’s rooms are particularly exciting as you can really let your creative side roam free. You can also have fun with your vision, which isn’t always possible in entertaining areas of your home. Once you become familiar with these different decor schemes, you will be able to style your home with ease.

Final thoughts

While simplistic designs are always neat and clean on the eye, it’s important to have some fun with your home. Adding some colour, patterns or textures to your home is a great way to add your personality to your home. And if done right, it could look like a masterpiece. Create a unique element to your home and incorporate some depth to your designs and interior layout. Your guests will love it.

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