Prints and patterns are back with a bang in today’s interior schemes. We’ve had many years of monochrome, naturals and plain all the way, and although plain walls and fabrics can still be used to dramatic effect they perhaps need a bit of fun to help them on their way?
Prints can be seen now not only in fabrics, but on accessories, on rugs, wallpaper, tiles, carpet and even on furniture. Illustrative and graphic prints, eye-popping opticals and geometric designs, classic stripes, florals, silhouettes, bold text, and even graffiti inspired images are finding their way into the most sophisticated interior. Pictures, wallpapers and cushions are cropping up that offer us a ‘mission statement’ to help us get through our days such as ‘love more or ‘eat less’! We can see motifs of butterflies, birds, pineapples, vegetables, jelly moulds, cityscapes and goldfish in virtually any shade your heart desires!
So, the challenge is probably not to overdo it?
A bold patterned carpet would look great with plain curtains, blinds and furniture with some bold accessories picking out the key colours in the carpet. Similarly you might use a bold patterned rug with a patterned wallpaper but keep everything else in the room more simple. Strong monochrome prints like a black and white stripe or bold graphic print can look great with white or cream and bright coloured accessories in red, deep blue or yellow. Mix floral patterns in accessories for an eclectic look but for a striking use of florals choose a ‘brights on white’ floral wallpaper and mix with white furniture. Try using neutrals with one bold colour in many different tones and patterns in one room. Use patterned, coloured tiles in one area of your kitchen or bathroom to avoid overkill and for a ‘quick pattern fix’ in a bedroom think about bed linen as an inexpensive way to introduce something new.
Anything goes in home decor at the moment, but, as always, my advice would be to ensure that you make sure you love the basic and more expensive items that you may have to live with for some time. But if that’s a bold patterned carpet, a bright floral rug, an optical illusion on a wall or a black and white print sofa then you’re at the heart of fashion. For now!
Anne Springall is an Interior Designer to the property industry and is available to quote for show homes, refurbishment projects and furnishing properties to let.
020 8886 1573 or 07973 510987