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