Design 101

Playing with Pattern

Let’s review…the eight elements of design are:

  1. Line
  2. Form
  3. Color
  4. Value
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Light
  8. Space

In this weeks Design 101 blog we are going to focus on Pattern. Pattern can be defined as the organized appearance of design on a given surface and is very closely related to texture. When determining  pattern selection, you must consider the other patterns in the room and then look to harmonize with those existing patterns.  Some existing patterns could be the planks of a hardwood floor, tiles, slats used on blinds and shutters. Another thing to consider is the size of the pattern in relation to the size of the room and the size of the furnishing.  For example, a very small pattern in a large room will not have the same impact as a larger pattern.  It all depends on what the desired effect is. Note below, the use of pattern and the how the larger pieces have larger prints and smaller pieces have the smaller prints.  This allows for the room to appear balanced.

pattern 1.png

Image courtesy of Andrew Howard Interior Design

When using multiple prints in a project, start with your dominant print. The secondary print should pick up a color from the dominant print and should not be as strong.  In this example the dominant print is on the area rug.  The secondary prints o9n the throw pillows match the tone but are more subdued.  This keeps the focus on the rug and keeps the room look clean and well designed.

pattern 2.png

Image courtesy of HGTV.com

And lastly, try to stick with a maximum of three prints, offset with solids to help anchor the prints and the use of white will help to give a clean look.


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