Thursday, April 25, 2013

Designing & Decorating with Grids, Graphics & Geometric Patterns

One of the Elements of Design is Pattern.  After the years of plain, understated and simplistic design looks, we are seeing an abundance of Colour and Pattern.  Adding pattern to our spaces offers a feeling of joy and can be done in bold and bright or subdued and elegant ways.  Pattern is an easy way to make a dramatic or fun statement and add style, sophistication and interest to our interior spaces.  

This spring we are definitely seeing both colour and pattern on the runways and as we know, this in turn leads to home decor.  Patterns, and especially graphic patterns are making a steady comeback in design, from chevrons to stripes which will always be popular and versatile.  Add graphic and geometric to the mix and you will definitely find something that will work in your space.  They can work in modern, traditional and basically any style you like as long as they are done correctly.  We have seen chevron for a couple of years now and it is so popular it will most likely stay around for some time to come.  It has actually always been around in one way or the other for centuries.

If you are not sure about such pattern, why not start small with accessories.  Toss cushions, throws, small decor pieces and small poufs could be a great starting point.  IF you are ready to really add impact, go for wallpaper which is getting stronger each year.  Or, maybe an area rug, drapery or something that will really make a bold statement.  Do not mix too many colours when going for large area coverage, stick to two colours.  It is very important to select the pattern which will work best with your design style, be it traditional or modern.

In looking for some photos to show the different types of patterns mentioned above I checked several great sites and this is some of what I found.

From Fresh home

From Clippings

From Dwell Studio

From Elle Decor

From Decoist we even see this in our outdoor settings

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