5 ways to introduce pattern into your home

Being bold with prints and patterns is definitely an emerging trend for 2021, so we have round up 5 very easy ways to get the look

purple bedroom
(Image credit: Grosvenor Wilton)

So you want to braver with your interiors? Well you are in the right place because we have been seeing a rising trend in gorgeous, bold interiors that expertly mix pattern and print, and we just had to share. Below you will find five inspiring looks and ideas that might encourage you to be intrepid in your interiors. It can be as simple as buying a printed duvet set, or some patterned towels or you could take it further with patterned tiles or a funky wallpaper. 

Keep scrolling to get inspired and for loads more creative ideas check out our decorating hub page.

1. Mix and match plain kitchen cabinetry with a statement floor

Kitchen with checkerboard tiles

(Image credit: Amtico)

This modern streamlined kitchen looks amazing with this checked flooring from Amtico (opens in new tab). It’s the finishing touch so to speak, and really gives this space a contemporary edge. When you have a space this size, you can easily get away with using a checkered floor, if the kitchen was smaller, then it might look too busy visually. The styling is simple yet effective, the black-legged stools tie in with the black squares of the floor, and colour is subtly used to stop the scheme from looking stark. 

For more kitchen colour schemes check out our feature. 

2. Add instant pattern to your living room with wallpaper

pink wallpaper with a green sofa

(Image credit: Wallpaper Direct)

Wallpaper is a great way to add pattern and you don’t need to paper all four walls, you can simply choose one! The fabulous Mini Moderns (opens in new tab) have collaborated with Albany to create two exciting wallpaper designs for Wallpaperdirect (opens in new tab), we adore Atelier in Rose Marais shown here, its linear design is easy on the eye and a great way to subtly introduce pattern to your home. 

If you need any tips on how to wallpaper head to our guide. 

3. Give a bathroom a bold update with patterned tiles 

bathroom with patterned tiles

(Image credit: Tons of tiles)

The beauty of these particular tiles is that they can be used on both walls and floors. So you could tile one wall and if you still yearn for more pattern you could do the floor. This Mrs Jones design from Tons of Tiles (opens in new tab) works really well with white, it helps to break up the pattern whilst not detracting from it and the black fixtures and fittings add depth. Accessorise with white or blue tiles to match. 

Check our feature on how to choose bathroom tiles for plenty more ideas and advice. 

4. Add pattern quickly with soft furnishings

dining room with purple walls

(Image credit: ILIV)

Ditch the plains and add a print like these striking retro style Lilja (opens in new tab) curtains in saffron from ILIV (opens in new tab). They instantly update this living room and the grey wall paint works well with the grey leaf design. Add a few cushions in the same design or pick another print in similar colours to complement the scheme. Shown here is Mr Fish (opens in new tab), Ditto (opens in new tab) and Lilja as before, all from ILIV. 

5. Create a focal point in a bedroom with a rug 

purple bedroom

(Image credit: Grosvenor Wilton)

Rugs are one of the best – and often the most great value – ways to add pattern and colour to a room and this bedroom is a great example of how it can work. The electric blue walls act as a blank canvas, the Inigo geometric rug (opens in new tab) is the main decorative aspect in the room and the throws on the bed in the same colours bring the look together. The white bedding and bedside table successfully add balance whilst the lamp is perfect for adding zingy colour pops.

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Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.

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