Seven ways to use pattern in your home this summer

by Housesimple on 13th June 2018

In 2018, trends have shifted away from Scandi minimalism, with homeowners looking for a change from clean, simple lines and jazzing things up with vibrant patterns.

But tastes in pattern can be very personal. So if you're looking to sell, you'll want to balance your eye-catching looks with simpler elements to maintain your home's broad appeal. We've gathered some key trends to introduce pattern into your home in the right way.


Start small with ornaments

If you're not yet confident about introducing bold patterns, then ornaments are an affordable, adaptable way to experiment. Try emphasising your on-trend country kitchen with details such as the blue-and-white stripes of Cornishware pottery. Or decorate the living room with handcrafted items in earthy tones and folkloric patterns.


Say it with flowers

Big floral patterns and Chinoiserie are back, and perfect for summer. Creating a feature wall with stylish wallpaper is a great way to introduce these designs without overwhelming the room. You can create a subtle look by papering the alcoves on either side of the fireplace.


Add cushions to transform a room

You can instantly change the look of a living room without breaking the bank just by adding some bold printed cushions. The trend for tribal patterns is perfect: these intricate designs in intense colours mean that even small soft furnishings can have a big effect.


Go geometric with rugs

Rugs are easily switched in and out as the fashions (and buyers) come and go, but they have plenty of visual impact. They can change the way a whole room feels: small rugs with repeating patterns make a room seem much larger than it is, for example. That makes it a perfect way to introduce 2018's geometric trend.


Make a splash with patterned tiles

Tiles are ideal for adding pattern to your kitchen or bathrooms. You don't have to take on a major DIY project: small additions such as a backsplash can have a big impact. Or for a more striking contemporary look, you can try printed floor tiles with geometric designs or vintage motifs.


Use the magic of monochrome

If you're looking for an understated way of introducing stylish patterns, then go for black-and-white designs. Luckily they're a major 2018 trend. The visual contrast adds balance and boldness in a timeless way that will wow guests (and won't scare off potential buyers).


Create a statement ceiling

For a different way to introduce pattern, try looking up: bold ceiling designs are one of the year's big trends. They're an inventive way to transform a room – just keep the walls a single colour and wallpaper or even tile the ceiling to make it a standout feature.

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