Popular in Decorating Basics

Use Pattern to Change Your Rooms

Whether it is stripes or florals, patterns can change the outlook of your room. Here are five smart ways to use pattern in your decorating.

Oops, we're sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Oops, we're sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Share your take on this idea!
Upload your photo here.
CLOSE

1. Create a Focal Point with Pattern

Patterned curtains naturally call attention to the windows, while a bold geometric on a single wall can create architectural interest in a boxy space.

continue reading below

2. Change an Attitude

Use gingham fabric to relax a formal chair, a geometric wallpaper to update a vintage cabinet, or a colorful toile to personalize a sleek sofa.

3. Reshape Space

Wide horizontal stripes shorten tall ceilings, while vertical stripes raise the roof. A bold pattern in strong colors can square up a long, narrow room.

4. Set the Space

Consider favorite patterns such as ikat, paisley, toile, or damask. No other element creates a decorating style for a room as easily.

5. Reflect the Seasons

Use bold or deep colors to warm up a room for winter, and use light, airy prints for a summery look.

Get Free Decorating Inspiration

Browse hundreds of photos in our Decorating Gallery, and find fresh inspiration for your home. Browse rooms by style, color, and more.

Click here to get started.

Oops, we're sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Oops, we're sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
Share your take on this idea!
Upload your photo here.
CLOSE

More Decorating Basics

close
close
close
close
close

Loading... Please wait...

I Did It!
Share on Facebook
Uh oh! Please pick a jpg at least 600x600px.
Share on Facebook
Uh oh! Your photo failed to upload. Please try again or visit your profile.
No one has shared their photo yet.
close

Add My Photo close