The toile pattern features scenic designs and is usually printed in a single color on a light background. In this living room, we see the classic color combo of blue-and-white toile. The wallpaper is balanced by large swaths of neutral white (the shutters, mantel, and upholstered furniture) that contrast with the strong and colorful pattern.
Whatever the installation, toile is utterly sophisticated. Here the toile is carried from the walls onto the draperies, headboard, and footboard, transforming the bedroom into a luxurious sleeping chamber.
Take the mixing of toile patterns one step further and mix toile colors as well. This red toile has a blue-and-white print, which allows for the addition of blue toile draperies. Red and blue dominate the rug and reinforce the color scheme, while the yellow stripes add a bit of punch and contrast.
Florals can work in any room because of the variety that exists among flowery patterns--they can be formal or informal, urban or country. Also, folding other patterns into a floral-dominated space is easy because flowers work well with all other patterns.
Here, roses growing on woody vines suit the rustic setting of this home. To echo the plants and wallpaper pattern, the designer added a few rose-pattern toss pillows to the Adirondack-style benches.
To complement the old pine woodwork in the Cape Cod house, an orangey floral print was chosen to cover both the walls and ceiling. The "wallpaper" is actually fabric stapled in place, then edged in cream gimp, a fabric trim, to hide the staples.
Want a low-commitment way to surround yourself with florals? Hang bed curtains like these. As the seasons change, or as your mood sways, simply replace them.
Plaids and checks work well as accents in any room because they look just as great with any other print or pattern as they do with solids.
In this bedroom, checks and plaids create a soft haven thanks to the muted tones of each pattern. Boxy patterns show up in the furnishings too--in the overall shape of the bed, its canopy lines, and its molding.
Pair plaid with stripes and you get a wonderful play of patterns. Draw the draperies in this dining room, and the horizontal lines contrast with the vertical wallpaper for a handsome dance of neutral-color patterns. The designer linked the plaid pattern to the window hardware by painting the rods and rings in two different colors inspired by the cloth.
Even a little plaid gives a room added character. A single accent wall covered in a rainbow plaid makes a striking focal point that also sets the color palette. While plaids are typically thought of as a traditional pattern, this office boasts contemporary style.
Stripes are a simple and humble pattern, and that makes them perfect for both decorating pros and novices to play with.
The apple green stripes give this room energy, making it perfect for a weekend guest's stay. The mirror wears a gilded frame, underscoring the cool-versus-warm tones in the greens.
Stripes laid out horizontally can make a room seem wider than it is. Horizontal stripes make this bath appear open and spacious. The thick bands of neutral colors help to exaggerate the effect.
What a terrific idea it was to paint these ceiling beams blue to mimic the blue stripe of the rug and fabrics. This room serves as a reminder to look around any space for existing, inherent patterns and draw them into your mix of fabric and wallpaper patterns.