Monday, May 24

Don't Be Scared Of Pattern! Tips To Overcome Pattern Stage Fright - Part Four

Welcome to the fourth and final part in our series of 'Pattern Tips'.

You can find parts 1,2, and 3 of the Pattern Tips Series here.

Today we're talking mainly about mixing patterns.

Don't be afraid to use several different patterns within a room. It doesn't have to look like pattern chaos!

Here's five fab tips to help...

Tip 1: When using eclectic patterns such as animal prints or paisleys, use a bold plain colour as a backdrop. The finished effect will be more cohesive.

Tip 2: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns from different ethnic sources, just make sure they share a common colour or theme (such as animals or flowers).

Tip 3: Don’t use different patterns of a similar scale. Try to make sure the scales are different, otherwise they might conflict,. For example, pick a small check with a large floral or vice versa.

Tip 4: Use geometric patterns to sharpen feminine florals, or mix them for elegance.

Tip 5: Go for contrasting patterns rather than two or three closely matched ones.

Ask yourself: 'Am I scared to use pattern in my home?'

Which leads to: 'What's the worst that could happen if I give it a go?'

Because: If you start off with a cushion or two, you'll be able to 'dip your toe' in the pattern pool slowly without risking great cost or time! If you're feeling more daring, try some gorgeous patterned wallpaper, new upholstery, or perhaps a footstool or two! Pattern adds a sense of flair and personality to any room that nothing else can beat!



3 More Posts With Pattern Tips:
Tips To Overcome Pattern Stage Fright - Part One
Tips To Overcome Pattern Stage Fright - Part Two
Tips To Overcome Pattern Stage Fright - Part Three



  1. Oh linda, this is such a wonderful column! It is sooo inspirational and very interesting!! I love love the gorgeous patterns you feature here in these photos! I am off to read the 3 other posts that i have missed! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to yoU!

  2. Hi Jacqueline, thanks so much for your lovely words! I hope you are feeling much better after your yucky migraine troubles. See you soon!

    Linda. xox :)


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