02 February 2009
Now is an exciting time for pattern, and particularly for using pattern in the home. Modern designers are using patterns with confidence, flair and, sometimes, a tongue-in-cheek, self-aware sense of humour. Making the most of new techniques and materials, they are pushing the boundaries of pattern to the limits, developing innovative new styles and reinventing old ones, creating a look that is just right for right now.
Selecting patterns, not to mention combining them within a scheme, can be challenging, if not problematic, especially when we have become so accustomed to using plains. Interior design is an incredibly personal discipline, based entirely around your likes and dislikes and how you want to live, and using pattern is just as personal. One person's ideal all-over print is another's cacophonous mess, so when it comes to using pattern in the home, it really is up to you.
How to choose pattern
Bedroom-The pattern you pick is dictated by the mood you want to create. If the bedroom is used only at nighttime, consider a minimum of pattern in a restful palette. For those who use the room during the day, a more adventurous mix of pattern may appeal.
Dining room-Frequently more dramatic than other public rooms, this room is used mostly in the evening. For that reason, it's perfectly warranted to choose bolder patterns. In addition, patterned upholstery and carpets are highly practical.
Kitchen-In the kitchen, where most of the available wall space is devoted to cabinetry, pattern can be a welcome relief. A pictorial wallpaper or scenic drapery fabric can create interest and set the tone for other decorating in the room.
Living room-To allow for visual breathing room, it's best to use simple designs and combine them with solid fabrics. Robust patterns can be distracting, shifting attention from focal points, and creating a confusing backdrop for works of art.
Bathroom-You don’t have to be an interior decorator to choose a bathroom tile which is suitable for your space. Some things to consider when selecting tile patterns are the size of your bathroom and the colors or patterns on the tile. For instance, white might be too boring, dark colors may make the bathroom seem small and confining, and brown with yellow combinations are taboo, for obvious reasons. If your bathroom is a small area, avoid dark colors and large patterns, since these make the bathroom appear even smaller. Another look you don’t want in a small bathroom is a very busy pattern, like tiles which have several different designs going on at once, or other crowded patterns. If you are using a busy pattern, use only one tile every so often, and make the rest solid colored. Even if your bathroom is large, giant patterns can sometimes look intimidating.