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How to Decorate with Texture and Pattern



A room full of the same color could be boring, but texture and pattern add interest and life to any decor. This guide will help you to use diverse colors, finishes, and prints to bring a fresh, stylish look to any room.

Texture and Pattern Tips:

  1. Find the perfect accent piece. If you find a patterned vase, pillow, throw blanket, or other accent piece that you love, bring it into the room and build up from there. Play off the different colors of the piece with the rest of the decor. You can make the accent piece the focus of the room or add items with a similar texture to create an overall feel in the room.

  2. Give each room a "mood." If you are decorating a den or a family room, larger patterns and louder colors work well because these are rooms that people will be active in. On the other hand, if you are decorating a bedroom, try to give it a "quiet" feel. Use smaller patterns with less texture, and keep it simple. Go bold with the other rooms in your home.

  3. Match the pattern to the item. Keep the larger patterns and textures on larger items, like bedspreads or wallpaper. The bigger patterns can get lost on a smaller item. If you are decorating using a large or loud pattern, let it speak for itself and use smaller items to complement the colors or details. On the other hand, the more detailed the pattern, the smaller the item should be. A detailed pattern on an overly large item can be too loud.

  4. Use layers to create texture. You don't have to find a thickly woven throw or shag rug to add texture to your room. Instead, create layers with pillows on your couch or bed. Find throw pillows of various sizes and arrange them to create depth. Use a smaller rug on a carpeted floor. Fold a blanket over the back of a couch. Layers are one of the easiest ways to bring texture into your home.

  5. Remember the ceiling. Don't let your ceilings go bare. Wallpaper doesn't have to be just on the walls: Find a fun patterned wallpaper and put it on the ceiling. If you want a solid color above, use a textured paint. Revealing beams is a trend right now; it not only adds visual interest, but can also help the space seem bigger. You can also use items like ceiling fans and lighting to create patterns and depth.

  6. Don't be afraid to mix patterns. Adding different patterns to the same room will make any decor pop. Patterns like plaids and checks are a great place to start because they can mix easily with other prints without being over-powering. But don't be afraid to branch out. A chair with floral upholstery would look fantastic with striped curtains or rugs. Let your own sense of style guide you and don't be afraid to take risks!

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