Insider Guide: Pattern

April 22, 2017 / DECORATING, Insider Guides

How to… decorate with pattern

 

British interior designer and illustrator Jessica Russell Flint has a natural love for colour and pattern, creating bespoke fabrics and bold wallcoverings. Here, she shares her six top tips for using pattern
in the home.

 

1 The trend for minimalism has resulted in a lot of ‘samey’ interiors. But it is easy to bring creativity back into your home by adding pattern.

2 Don’t overdo it, though. If a whole room is to be wallpapered, consider using a muted design to avoid potential headaches. Reserve bolder prints for statement areas, such as under dado rails or in alcoves.

"From us with love" wallpaper by xxx

“Temperature” wallpaper by the Swedish brand, Form Us With Love

 

4 Avoid matching your wallpaper to your curtains, rugs and tableware, as this type of regulated style can result in kaleidoscopic overkill

3 Choose a repeat pattern, ideally with a few colours in it that will complement the rest of your space. Work these shades, and perhaps a base colour, throughout the room in accessories and trims.

Wallpaper, from £58 per roll; 'Cupola' fabric (as chairs and curtains), £49 per roll; 'Aves Paprika' fabric (on chairs), £47 per metre, all Harlequin

Wallpaper, from £58 per roll; ‘Cupola’ fabric (as chairs and curtains), £49 per roll; ‘Aves Paprika’ fabric (on chairs), £47 per metre, all Harlequin

 

5 Ensure that there is enough blank space, such as a bare wall, to balance out your brighter patterns.

A guest bathroom in this home in Berlin, is totally transformed by these traditional earthy-hued tiles. The owner had been collecting them for many years and said the look she wanted was that of a kilim carpet on the wall. First featured in the September 2015 edition. Photographer: Marc Waldow

A guest bathroom in this home in Berlin, is totally transformed by these traditional tiles. The owner had been collecting them for many years and said the look she wanted was that of a kilim carpet on the wall. First featured in the September 2015 edition. Photographer: Marc Waldow

Cats wallpaper by Eley Kishimoto

“Cats” wallpaper by Eley Kishimoto

 

6 Match the size of the print to the size of the room. Large, bold prints can overpower smaller rooms. Take the amount of light and space available into consideration. For example, a wallpaper or a mural featuring birds and trees will draw your eye up to the ceiling, which can help to make the room feel bigger.

This house, featured in our Jane 2016 edition, used an amazing custom print of tropical leaves to add an exotic touch of green to the main bedroom.

This house, featured in our Jane 2016 edition, used an amazing custom print of tropical leaves to add an exotic touch of green to the main bedroom.

 

"Jungle Jungle" print wallpaper by Jessica Russell Flint

“Jungle Jungle” print wallpaper by Jessica Russell Flint

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