What patterns should you try in your home decor?

Once you’ve narrowed down your furniture color, you’re going to come across a bunch of patterns. Which ones are right for you? Read on.

What patterns should you try in your home decor?

Many people flounder when choosing new furniture, flooring, wall covering or even accessories. They may go into a store or browse online with a color idea, but that’s likely their only place to start. Once you’ve narrowed down your hue, you’re going to come across a bunch of patterns. Which ones are right for you? Read on.

Plaids
You don’t have to aim for cabin-chic to use plaid in your home. While some styles and colors of this pattern can bring lumberjacks to mind, there are many ways to use plaid without the woodsy feel. Flannel shirts, for example, often feature a pattern that isn’t much larger than an inch in size. A larger plaid looks great on a couch or an armchair. Go for similar colors, like black, gray and dark gray for a sophisticated look that is perfect for a living room, porch or man cave. Bright primary colors look great in kids’ rooms or more mod living areas. Clashing colored plaids are also fun if they fit in with your decor.

Florals
Today’s floral furniture designs are not reminiscent of your grandmother’s old loveseat. In fact, these colorful, fresh designs can make any room blossom. Pastel florals are a beautiful addition to any room in the form of a rug or window coverings. Look for bright greens, pinks and oranges in a floral pattern for a couch, chair or pouf. You can likely find your favorite flowers on some fabric and turn your home into a greenhouse without all the work!

Gingham
This tiny pattern may bring to mind picnics, but it’s also a great look for the indoors. The miniature checked pattern can be so small you barely notice or feature multiple hues of the same color to provide a layered look. Gingham is great because it hides stains, so don’t hesitate to use it in high-traffic areas of your home, like on a favorite arm chair or sofa. Just like with plaid, changing the size of the pattern can really alter the look of this fabric. Larger gingham can make a big couch look less huge, and tiny gingham patterns work well on dining room chairs or even as wall coverings.

Chevron 
If you have ever browsed Pinterest you have likely come across this trendy-yet-classic pattern. Chevron features zigzag stripes that look good in just about any style home. From wooden storage cabinets with inlaid chevron patterns to upholstered chairs featuring the design, chevron is in right now. Make this pattern the focal point of your living room with a bold rug, large couch or comfy chair. Or, feature it in smaller bits, like as the background to a bookshelf or decking out picture frames.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. They key is to look for different sized items and patterns, like rocking a tiny gingham wallpaper with a large-print floral couch. Keep everything in the same color family or go primary for some eye-catching hues.

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