How to add pattern to walls and floors
August 15, 2023
Without doubt, adding pattern into your home can be one of the trickiest areas to get right, but it doesn’t have to be as intimidating as you may think.
With a few basic tips, you’ll be well on your way to mixing and matching like a pro, whether you add small hints of pattern for drool-worthy decor or go all-out with a striking scheme that’s bursting with drama.
1. Paint a pattern
Why not get creative and paint a pattern on your walls? This pretty pastel check design works its way up either side of the bed onto the ceiling, leaving a white area in place of the headboard and framing the bed perfectly. Pictured: Wall design in Serene Neutral, Calming Blue and Serene Peach emulsion paint, £21 for 1litre each, YesColours.
2. Work it with wallpaper
The beauty of wallpaper is being able to pick out the print or colours to incorporate into other furniture and accessories, but in modern decorating, the design alone can be used to add interest, from papering one wall to framing different colourways.across multiple areas to create a soft, feminine bedroom scheme. Pictured: Pavilion Garden Stripe upholstered double bed, £1,745; Pippa handwoven cotton/linen cushion in sage, £80 each, all the French Bedroom Company.
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3. Don’t forget doors
Doors are a great spot to add an unexpected hit of pattern, whether it’s just the door or the surrounding wall as well. You could always use wallpaper in one colourway for the wall and another for the door, or opt for the same design and colour to help your door blend in seamlessly. Pictured: Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball
4. Bring in a border
It’s no surprise that borders are making a big comeback this year, given how they can transform a plain tiled floor or painted wall. Go for a standout design for a hit of colour or something more subtle that matches your wall colour but adds detail with the pattern. Pictured: Victorian star Edison tile, from £142.99 per sqm, Amtico Decor.
5. Go understated
If you’re new to pattern, use accessories like rugs or lighting to add steadily into your schemes. Pictured: Ambara Jute rug from £290 from Nkuku.
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