Decorating with Damask

Damask isn't just for overly formal spaces anymore. Given a new lease on life, this classic pattern has been reinterpreted for the modern age and is being used in some exciting ways. Here's our guide on using this seriously stylish print.

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While it's based in traditional design (think Versailles), damask has seen a resurgence in the past few years. Wallpapers, fabrics, paper goods, and more have all seen the influence of this beautifully intricate design. But what if your taste skews more modern? Never fear -- contrast is the name of the game. Look for unexpected color combinations and furniture to make your damask feel fresh. Pair traditional damask wallpaper, such as the one shown here, with modern furniture and citrus hues. White woodwork provides strong contrast against the traditional wood floors.

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Worried about overdoing it with pattern? Go with damask in a light, low-contrast color scheme. The damask upholstery of the accent chairs recedes beautifully in this living room despite being a large-scale pattern. By keeping the room almost entirely icy blue, the damask pattern visually provides texture to the room -- a sometimes difficult task in a monochromatic space.

But don't be afraid to try damask in a bold color. Hot pink damask is the perfect pop of color in this soft and soothing living area without being overpowering. The window seat becomes a whimsical focal point and adds a ton of personality to an otherwise understated area.

A little damask goes a long way through unexpected placement and colorways in this dining room. Repeating the bright apple green of the walls, the damask pattern on the dining chairs is brought to life through unusual color combinations and big scale.

There's nothing outdated about this electric powder room, where traditional elements take a modern twist through color and contrast. The damask wallpaper is explosive in hot pink and provides strong contrast for all of the black-and-white fixtures of the bathroom. The mirror and accessories round out the eclectic design for a look that's entirely original. 

About Rachel

Designer and blogger Rachel Shingleton has never met a color she didn't love. A self-proclaimed color enthusiast, she's on a personal mission to banish the beige and help people understand how to make a serious style statement. Visit her blog, Pencil Shavings Studio.

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