August 19, 2020 3 min read
When your home interiors start to feel a little blah despite your go-to decorating tricks, try jazzing it up with patterns and prints. Some homemakers tend to shy away from these design choices because they can be a challenge to mix and match, and can quickly look garish. But if you keep in mind a few rules of thumb, you can actually get away with fun prints all around your space, even making them look beautifully stylish!
Read on to learn the rules of mixing and matching patterns for your home, and see some amazing examples below.
Big, beautiful flower wallpapers have been a huge design trend for some time now. Love the look but want to tame it? Limit the wallpaper to just one side of the room to serve as your accent wall, like above.
Sweeten your sofa or bed with flowery beddings. The personalized floral pillow above is equal parts sweet, subtle, and stylish. Plus, you can customize it with your own name!
Beyond flowers, there's plenty of leafy green design inspiration we can draw from nature. Take a look at this living room we found on Ideal Home: it mixes and matches various botanical prints everywhere -- from the wall art to the throws to the upholstery -- but the overall look is so peaceful.
These are probably the easiest patterns to work with, and they're always a classic. Experiment with using big stripes in the background and small ones in the foreground (see above). Or use crisp lines to add appeal to your favorite wall sign, like in the motivational wall art below:
Can you combine two patterns in one piece of art? Of course you can! Stripes and florals are a particularly pleasing combo -- like on the pink "Enjoy Today" wall art above. So chic, feminine, and peppy! Wouldn't it look gorgeous on your wall?
There's something very homey and cozy about ginghams. A close cousin of the checkered pattern, gingham works best on summery fabrics, perfect for tablecloths, brunch napkins, and picnic blankets. If you're going for the farmhouse interior look, this is your go-to print!
It's all about strong lines and angles, squares and triangles. We have a huge crush on this dining room by designer Jillian Harris, who used wood moldings to create a geometric pattern on an accent wall. So sophisticated!
If you love the geometric design trend but can't commit to a full-on accent wall, hang an artwork instead. One of our favorites is the Art Deco-inspired cloud art above, which beautifully combines hard angles with a pastel-hued sky background.
Celtic knots, borders, and flourishes aren't just for Irish families anymore! They can add a touch of personality to any room without looking over-the-top. Get your Gaelic patterns in an elegant shade of green, just like the moss-green Celtic blanket above.
There are so many beautiful ethnic patterns from all around the world: Aztec, batik, ikat, kilim, Navajo, shibori, and hundreds more! These can adorn modern home items, especially textiles like rugs, carpets, coverlets, and tapestries. Word to the wise: It's best to keep your ethnic patterns closely similar, if not from the same family. And always, always try to learn more about the ethnicity or tribe that created your decor, so you can get a richer sense of how to respect them.
Have you found your favorite decor patterns for the home? Tell us about them in a comment! And if you're eager to redecorate with prints, head on over to GearDen.com to see a wide selection of canvas art, pillows, and blankets in the homiest designs!
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