Creating Harmony With Patterns


When planning room schemes, one tends to think about color and texture and forgets about patterns. Using patterns can be exciting and it can lift the look of any room from an ordinary look to spectacular. Patterns can be used to compensate for inadequate architecture such as low ceilings or make up for a lack of view in a room. However much fun it might be, playing around with different patterns, you need to follow some basic unwritten rules before you are confident enough to break them.

To create a harmony of patterns, here are a few things you need to know.

Color combinations

Having a common color scheme is important in pulling together different patterns. Colors in any room are responsible for creating the mood and the atmosphere in that particular space. Therefore, the importance of color palettes in creating a well-balanced and harmonious space cannot be underestimated. Start by selecting a color and a theme. Make the dominant color in the patterns the dominant color in the room. The largest scaled pattern should have the most colors while the smallest scaled pattern should have no more than two colors.

Size it up

The pattern and color should be based on the size of the room. A large bright colored pattern in a warm colored room makes the room feel small. For small rooms, choose soft colored patterns against a light background. This makes the room seem larger. For medium-sized rooms, choose strong colored patterns with a light background. When it comes to large rooms, you can afford to be bold.

Choosing the pattern

Some people know the exact pattern they wish to use while others are not so sure which one to use. The latter might feel intimidated when choosing patterns, but they shouldn’t. If you are not so sure about the pattern to use, get inspiration. Inspiration can come from anywhere it could be nature, a piece of furniture, or your favorite piece of clothing. Next, do not be afraid of mixing patterns but stick to the rule of three. The first pattern should be the largest of the three and should make the boldest statement. The second pattern should be completely different from the first and half its size. The third pattern should be similar to the other two and in the same color family. Using different patterns and strategically repeating them is one of the most important aspects of design.


Many people find texture and pattern tricky design elements. The texture is an important element of space because people are very connected to their sense of touch. Light, distance from the object, as well as the texture surrounding it should be considered when choosing textures. Mixing and matching textures in relation to patterns do not play an important role as compared to color and size, but should still be considered. Texture becomes an important element if you are shy about experimenting and playing around with patterns.

The unwritten rules of handling patterns in interior design can be too much for some people. Getting help from talented interior designers can help you create a beautiful space if you’re not quite confident in doing it on your own.

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