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Trust yourself to be different – with these patterns in the home

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by Camila Tannous Arquitetura & Interiores Eclectic
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Neutral colors and simple surfaces can be pretty, of course, but if you really want your home to feel special, then you should consider going out on a limb with an interesting pattern. We have a tendency to doubt our ability to pick flashy patterns-- but don't fret. These great uses of pattern will show you what works and how to capture the look for yourself. If you get stuck, you can always bring in an interior designer

1. Retro tile

This blue-white-black pattern brings a retro vibe to the kitchen. 

2. Rainbow

This cheerful pattern is a great way to wake up in the morning. 

3. Patterned furniture

61 Paintbrush Park by Sonata Design Eclectic
Sonata Design

61 Paintbrush Park

Sonata Design

Don't limit yourself to the surfaces, the furniture can be a great vessel for pattern. 

4. Bathroom stripes

121 Hillcrest Drive Modern bathroom by Sonata Design Modern
Sonata Design

121 Hillcrest Drive

Sonata Design

Stripes are sometimes thought of as overwhelming, but if you keep it to one wall it works wonderfully. 

5. Small patterns

427 Canals Modern living room by Sonata Design Modern
Sonata Design

427 Canals

Sonata Design

The curtains in this living room have a detailed pattern, which is smart to keep to a small area. 

6. Pink

Geometric pink Modern living room by Pixers Modern

Geometric pink


Don't be afraid of colour! Even in a room that's all neutrals otherwise, this bright pink is perfect. 

7. Mix 'em up

You can combine two or more colours with success. It helps if they are in neutral colours. 

8. Wavy

In modern spaces, sharp geometrical patterns are the norm, so wavy patterns will stand out. 

9. Thin patterns

The thin lines in this back splash is a fun twist on the norm of chunky stones. 

10. Wall retro

We admit it, we're a little obsessed with retro kitchens. They are a great space to show off fun patterns. 

11. Mural

Pair a delicate pattern with a unique mural for a very textured wall. 

12. Stairway

modern  by Warp & Weft (uk) Ltd, Modern
Warp & Weft (uk) Ltd

Stunning stripy stairs

Warp & Weft (uk) Ltd

Have you ever seen a set of stairs that seems to flow like this one? 

13. Black and white

modern  by WovenGround, Modern

WovenGround Pyramid hand made leather rug – white-black


It's a great idea to have at leats one black and white rug. When you're ready to mix it up, it can go anywhere. 

14. Vertical stripes

Even on a curved stairway, the vertical stripes look great. 

16. Seat cushions

For those truly mind-blowing and bright patterns, seat cushions are a perfect fit. 

17. Seasonal pattern

A bright stripe pattern is always welcome in an outdoor space, where it reminds one of summer. 

18. Keep adding

There was already a focal point in this room-- the amazing ceiling. But, that doesn't mean there's no room for a patterned rug. 

19. Pattern as artwork

classic  by English Blinds, Classic Textile Amber/Gold
English Blinds

Colourful Azalea Patterned Roller Blinds

English Blinds

Floral patterns in particular make great art peices. 

20. Patterns in wood

modern  by Modern Doors Ltd, Modern Engineered Wood Transparent
Modern Doors Ltd

Ravenna Oak Internal Door Prefinished

Modern Doors Ltd

You can put simple patterns into natural material to kick them up a notch. 

Want some kitchen-specific pattern ideas? Try one of these 11 thrilling back-splash ideas

Modern houses by Casas inHAUS Modern

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