Last month in Design 101 we discussed how repeating similar colors throughout the home helps create a home that has a nice sense of flow and cohesiveness. The principle of repeating colors also pertains to decorating a room. If you use a color once in a room be sure to use it at least one or two more times in other areas of the room. Repetition in design is crucial to creating rooms that are cohesive and satisfactory to the eye.
Today we will be talking about the repetition of patterns in creating beautiful spaces in your home. The use of patterns in your rooms promotes interest and personality! Imagine a room that only had furniture and décor that were solid colors, absolutely no prints or patterns. It would be pretty plain and less welcoming.
There are a vast amount of patterns out there! Some include Stripes, Florals, Polka Dots, Herringbone, Geometric, Ikat, and the list goes on and on. It is important to utilize pattern in decorating your home and to repeat patterns in a space.
I find that the most attractive spaces have one main pattern carried out throughout the room with one or two other patterns that take more of a back seat position. Here are some great examples from professional interior designers. Study the picture and see if you can pick up on the main pattern being employed.
The bathroom above is fun and different but unified due to it’s use of repetition in both color and pattern. I do not know the technical name of the pattern exercised in this room but I call it scroll. It is a pattern with soft curves that branch out in varying directions. I see a scroll pattern in the wall paper, in the drapery, in the sconce, in the hand towel, and in the rug.