Update your scheme with florals and botanicals
Use florals with block colours
‘Oversized patterns work beautifully when balanced against plain accents and block colours,’ says Adele Shotton-Pugh, interior designer at Terry’s Fabrics. ‘Less is more with powerful prints – a single piece against a solid background from the same colour palette is enough to carry off this eye-catching trend.’ Avoid the look becoming too ‘chintz’ by choosing dark block colours such as navy, black or slate.
Image above: Morris pattern wing armchair, H107xW90xD77cm, £795, DFS
Contrast large and small prints
‘Flowers are usually considered a feminine choice, but this season’s blooms take on a dark, moody feel,’ says Graham & Brown colour specialist Paula Taylor. ‘Use with mini prints and block colours to create an eclectic look.’ The easiest way to achieve this is to choose designs from one particular range; the retailer will usually have already done the mixing and matching for you.
Match walls and curtains
‘If you are ready to embrace colour and pattern, try wallpapering a room and then either use window treatments or a feature sofa in the same design,’ says Clarke & Clarke creative director Emma Clarke. Pick out the main colours from the wallpaper and curtains and use on other accessories.
Make a statement with geometrics
Mix it up with stripes
‘The exciting interiors trend for geometrics can look both impactful and opulent when used correctly,’ says Urbane Living’s managing director Adam Robertson. ‘The size, shape and colour of the pattern all need to be considered carefully to ensure timeless appeal.’ If you’re using wallpaper on only one or two walls, you can pick designs in a variety of colours, but if you want it on all four walls, it’s best to pick a geometric pattern that uses varying tones of just one colour.
Go for classic flooring
‘Geometrics can be incorporated into all types of properties – traditional, classic and modern – as the orderly manner of the patterns allows them to be combined easily and effectively with other designs,’ says Taylors Etc design director Lesley Taylor. The geometric monochrome scheme is perfect for flooring and works well with softer, lighter, and less masculine colours.
Combine with contrasting patterns
‘Before you start thinking about pattern, think about colour,’ says Emma Clarke, creative director at Clarke & Clarke. ‘Ask yourself if you’d like to go for a cool collection of azure blue shades, or a warm collection of tangerines with hot pinks.’ Once you’ve chosen your colour scheme, it makes it so much easier to co-ordinate and contrast your patterns. Tonal shades mean that geometrics can be showcased alongside graphics and florals without clashing.
Choose the latest stand out graphics
Keep it simple with monochrome
The black, white and grey colour combination is one of the easiest to work with when it comes to pattern – just be careful it doesn’t appear too cold. ‘Adding weaves, patterns and prints is a good way to make it work,’ says Barker & Barker’s chief designer Janet Dixon. ‘Tone down a bold pattern with a plain, solid tonal colour to help bridge the gap and soften the look.’
Team tone and designs
‘Don’t be afraid to mix things up, but in moderation,’ says Rochelle Phillips, product manager at Room 4 Interiors. ‘A good guide is to add 60 per cent of your favourite pattern to a room, such as the wallpaper, 30 per cent in your second pattern, then include 10 per cent as an accent in the form of furniture or accessories, but remember to repeat colours.’
Juxtapose with other graphics prints
Craft-inspired designs are an integral part of this season’s print and patterns. ‘Tactile textures, mixed with bold prints and decorative accessories, add beauty and warmth to any room,’ says Olivia Bard, head of Olivia Bard Interiors. ‘Bold colours, such as black, alongside neutral undertones in patterns, such as dramatic woven chevrons mixed with hand-embroidered block prints, add depth and interest.’
Create a modern classic design with stripes
Play with scale and pattern
‘Use natural breaks, such as corners, alcoves, shelving or dado rails, to start and stop your colour choices,’ says Judy Smith, Crown Paints’ colour consultant. Mix the scale and style of pattern to create interest – if your wallpaper features large graphics or flowers, go for thin stripes elsewhere.
Vary widths and directions
‘Stripes are a classic choice for floor coverings in hallways and stairs; used vertically they lengthen a space, while horizontal stripes can make a narrow
Complement with graphics
‘Stripes are a really versatile pattern to work with, and a striped rug will give any room a fresh, new look,’ says Andrew Frith of Frith Rugs. ‘Stripes can add depth and width to a space and will draw the eye, so use your rug in any area that you want to be a focal point.’ Team with blinds or drapes and then throw a contrast print into the mix in a complementary shade.