Renegade Decorating - Tradtional Pattern on Pattern

What happens when you flip tried and true and go with the exact opposite? Sure, it’s safe going with what’s been done and proven to work. It’s a no brainer. But what if you want your abode to look more authentic and just, well more ‘you’ than a super coordinated, done-by-the-book display home?

Join us for our series on renegade decorating. It’s where we set nice, comfortable, predictable decorating on its head. Right now, we’re going to start by taking a look at the art of decorating with pattern.


Clients often come to us wanting to venture into pattern. It’s almost like a confession. when they admit to liking lots of different patterns so much they arent able to decide which one to go for. We say forget limiting yourself to a single pattern. Like seasoning a robust meal, sprinkle pattern with reckless abandon. We say – yes – but it’s a whole different ball game if you’re working with more than five patterns that clang and contrast

In this example, the sofa has a big, traditional floral pattern with matching cushions, sitting on a rug featuring another floral. I think this whole room works superbly. If you were standing in it, it would feel beautiful and not ‘done’ at all. Have you noticed the subtle, cohesive touch of the check pattern on the chairs, reflecting the ceiling beams? By limiting the palette to red, green and a bit of gold, the overall look appears equally balanced and very effective. 

Does your decorating fall into this camp? We'd love to hear about it on our Facebook page!


# Karen
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 11:23 PM
They are all great but that last one made me smile.
What a great article.

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