Soft & Subtle or Bold & Bright, These Pretty Patterns Are Sure To Liven Up Any Space

In my opinion, decorating with patterns is a must! Whether it’s soft and subtle or bold and bright, adding a pattern, (or a few), to any space can breathe new life into an otherwise drab design. And with so many pattern options out there, there’s definitely a pattern for every palette. Here are some of my favorites.

The Chevron pattern is an inverted V-shaped pattern and it has become quite popular recently. Use it to paint a wall, lay out wood flooring or add a splash with various color pillows in the pattern. Or simply paint the pattern on a large canvas as done in the image below from Apartment Therapy. This is a great way to add a pattern without diving too much into a big commitment. I love this look! I’m even thinking about adding something like this to our master bedroom.

Vertical, horizontal or even diagonal…stripes can add certain something, a touch of class, an elegance or a rich refinement. Whatever it is, I think adding some stripes to your space will kick up your design and give you that “WOW” factor you may have been looking for. Take these spaces below for instance. Look at how great these stripes look in this kids room seen on Design Sponge. I love the different shades of blue as it adds even more to the look.

And look at how great these yellow vertical stripes look in this shot below from House and Home. They’ve even added some horizontal stripes with the pillows and a hint of Chevron in the rug. The design flow is brilliant!

How about adding a pattern to your ceiling? What a great idea, don’t you think? Here’s an example using a Gingham print as seen on Apartment Therapy. Doesn’t it make the ceiling seem taller?

I love these large Houndstooth print pillows displayed in the room below from Apartment Therapy. Add in the Houndstooth print rug and the design of this room is just marvelous, wouldn’t you say?

The simplicity of the room below with the stark white walls and the Houndstooth rugs from Garnet Hill really makes a beautiful statement. This is another great way to go if you don’t want to commit to anything too big like painting a wall or using a pattern in flooring.

I recently purchased some lamp shades in this Trellis pattern which I absolutely love. I have some striped pillows next to the shades and the lamps themselves have a diamond pattern in the base, yet the different patterns blend as if they were meant to go together. Mixing patterns together is great, just be careful not to blend too many. Subtle is key. I think the image below from Centsational Girl is the perfect amount of subtle.

The bedroom design below from Decorpad brings in just the right amount of a pattern with very little commitment that can be added to any room in a short amount of time. So if you’re shy about adding any patterns to your space, try a fabric headboard like this or a little splash of the pattern with a window valance. I know you’ll love the results!

Ahhh…the Damask print is very popular these days as well. Even the inside of my Jo Totes camera bag has a Damask print on it! And these two rooms below, the first from Nina Campbell and the second from Thibaut Wallpaper are, in my opinion, truly beautiful representations of this print.

Checkered print floors like the three images below have been popular for years. And why wouldn’t they be with how fun putting such a print on the floor can be. This first room from House and Home combines the fun print with a bit of elegance with the chandelier hanging from the ceiling. A great combination!

And this bathroom from Houzz really shows how versatile checkered floors can be.

A bigger checkered pattern, such as this kitchen from My Home Ideas, can really make a statement as well as show off its beauty.

Polka Dots
And finally, Polka Dots used sparingly in a creative way as shown in the bathroom below fromMy Home Ideas is a really great way to go for a “dipping-your-toes-into-a-pattern” kind of method.

So there you have it…a few of my favorite patterns and some great ways in which you can add them into any room in your house today. Alrighty then, what are you waiting for? Let’s get a little splash of pattern going.

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