The hottest trend that we’ve seen this season has been the use of large geometric patterns on everything from window treatments to walls. Patterns are one of those things that people can find intimidating, and I get a lot of questions about how to use patterns to enhance a space without looking overly busy. Here are some hot tips to keep you on the right track to add a real punch to the space in your home.
Tip 1 – Evaluate Your Space
First, evaluate your space. The size and shape of your room will play a key role when deciding between the available geometric patterns. Patterns, especially when used on walls, will dictate how large a room appears. Larger, wider and open-feeling rooms will lend themselves more easily to bolder patterns. Smaller spaces will do better with a geometric inspired throw, or a rug. Remember to search for existing patterns as well. You can take an existing tiled wall or floor and pull inspiration from it to extend to the rest of the room.
Tip 2 – Start Small
Souce: Design Sponge
A small geometric piece will liven up a room without being completely overpowering. If you have small area that you want to dress up, try giving a it a boost with a statement piece. Whether its a few patterned pillows, a framed print, or a lamp, choosing a small and focal piece of furniture is the best way to (cautiously) add some flair and get inspiration for the rest of your room.
Tip 3 – Choose your color palette
Souce: Cutting Edge Stencils
The colors you choose do not always have to be bold. By keeping the colors subtle, you can take a busy pattern and transform it into a subtle and relaxing design. The two example pictures above were created using the same stencil and show versatile patterns can be. If you crave big and bold design, make a statement with bold color choices. The lower example uses subtle, metallic paint and makes the room seem tranquil and brighter.
Tip 4 – Listen to your instincts
Don’t forget -the style and direction that you want to take your room to is your choice. Be as bold and daring or as subtle and minimalistic as you want – it’s about what fits your space and your personality. Evaluate your space, choose a pattern and color, and then go with it!
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