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.

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.

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.

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