If you want to create a space at home that suits your personality perfectly and helps to brighten up the place, you might want to incorporate some of your favourite colours and patterns. Incorporating colour and pattern into your home can bring it to life and sometimes even give it an eclectic look if that’s what you like. However, it can also end up looking mismatched and almost hurt the eyes to look at if you’re not careful.
You can’t just throw different patterns and colours together and hope for the best. However eclectic and unique a place may look, and however many colours and patterns it includes, you can guarantee that it was planned carefully if it looks good. Nothing that looks good in a decor sense tends to be haphazardly thrown together. You need to be smart!
With this in mind, here are 15 ways you can incorporate colour and pattern into your space. Take a look and you will cheer up your home in a flash!
1. Use A Colour Wheel
It can be daunting to select a completely new colour scheme. How can you be sure that everything is going to look good together before going out and purchasing different pieces in your chosen colours?
The colour wheel is the answer! Using the colour wheel you can select complementary colours and contrasting colours depending on the sort of look you’re going for in your decor. Here’s a quick guide on how to use the colour wheel in case you’ve never used it before.
2. Use The Rule Of Three For Patterns
If you’re looking to incorporate pattern and you’re just getting started, it’s usually best to start with three. The rule of threes is where you pick your predominant pattern and include that around 60% in your decor. Your secondary pattern you’ll include around 30%, and your final chosen pattern you’ll include 10%. Including them in equal measures won’t look right.
If you want more patterns, try to stick to a maximum of five to avoid everything looking mismatched.
3. Focus On Creating A Feature Wall
A feature wall is a great way to incorporate some personality, pattern, and colour without making your space look crazy. Pick a wall that has no windows or distractions. Ideally, it’ll be a large plain wall that draws the eye as you walk into the room. A perfect wall for a feature!
You can then select a great piece of wallpaper to cover the wall, pick a brightly coloured paint, or even paint a mural. Some people like to fill their feature wall with pictures that they love, as well as artwork. Some people like to mix things up with wallpaper, paint, and pictures.
Deciding on what exactly to do with your wall can be confusing, so try checking out Pinterest to see if you can find inspiration there before you make a plan for the wall.
4. Mix and Match Your Cushions
Mixing and matching your cushions is a fantastic way to incorporate both colour and pattern, as well as a bit of texture to perk up the space. You don’t have to buy two of every cushion. Mixing shapes, sizes, and other elements will make for a very interesting look.
5. Add Plants And Flowers
Plants and flowers are the perfect way to add some natural beauty to your space as well as colour. Fresh plants and flowers are even thought to improve things like productivity and mood, so they make a great addition to any home office or workspace.
If you don’t want to have to look after them, then there are some super realistic fake versions out there.
6. Hire A Professional Decorator or Interior Designer
If you want to get it right, one of the best things you can spend your money on is a professional decorator, interior designer, or both. Of course this might actually be more than you have, but you could compare guarantor loans or look into something similar to complete your renovation. Providing you select professionals whose style you like and you select colour schemes you know you’ll like in the long term, it’ll be money well spent!
7. Use An Interesting Rug
An interesting rug can draw the eye and bring the whole room together. Oftentimes, it can be just what a room is missing. Geometric pattern rugs can look incredible, as can bold block colour rugs.
8. Incorporate A Piece Of Art That You Really Love
Every home should have art in it that the homeowner loves. It doesn’t have to be expensive; you could make it yourself, commision it from a local artist, or buy it second hand. As long as you love it and it helps to bring your colours and patterns together, your art will look incredible. Remember, art is subjective, so go with your gut!
9. Keep Some Neutrals In The Space For The Eye To Rest On
Now, although you want to incorporate colour and pattern into your space, you should keep some neutrals in the space. Neutrals are the perfect place for the eye to rest, and will ensure your guests don’t get a headache. For example, you could have neutral walls but include lots of colourful accessories.
10. Choose Different Shades of One Colour
If you’re frightened of including multiple colours, try incorporating different shades of one colour instead. For example, including lots of different shades of green, such as pastel green and deep green, can look really cool and give a natural feel to your space.
11. Start With One Colourful Statement Item
How about including one colourful, statement items to make your decor pop? You could choose a brightly coloured cabinet, or a patterned sofa. These things are out there but you’ll probably have to look in places other than the high street stores. Alternatively, you could use your old furniture and DIY it. Techniques like decoupage and reupholstering are great!
12. Keep The Style Similar Throughout
Another thing you can do to ensure your decor looks great is to keep the colours that you mix of a similar style. Whether you choose pastels, brights, or muted doesn’t matter, just keep them the same. You can use pretty much any colour then and they should all look nice together. However, if you used mainly muted colours and then attempted to incorporate some vivid brights, it probably wouldn’t look right. This is a smart way to get it right whatever you choose to use.
13. Take Your Time Putting Your Decor Together
Many people are in a rush to complete their decor. The rush is real – you want it to look fab now so you can relax, it’s understandable! However, you might make silly decisions when you rush, and end up choosing the wrong colour, pattern, or piece of furniture. These mistakes can be expensive and hard to take back. Instead, take your time and wait until you see things you absolutely adore before you incorporate them. The result will have more soul and will always look better.
14. Choose Patterns According To The Size Of The Room
If you want to make sure your chosen patterns look awesome, you can select them according to the size of the room. Small patterns look good in a small room, while bold patterns look great in a larger room. There aren’t any rules of course, but this is a safe way to incorporate them while loving the way that they look!
15. Choose Colour And Pattern Based On Your Tastes, Not Trends
Whatever you do when you come up with the plan for your colourful, patterned decor, make sure you choose things based on your own tastes. If you choose on your tastes over trends, you’ll love the look in the long term and likely won’t feel the need to redecorate for a long time. If you go with trends, you’ll likely regret it in a few months and want to change things. Trends come and go, but your individual style will remain for a long time, if not forever. Bear this in mind when you are deciding what to include in your decor!
Hopefully, the above ideas have given you some inspiration so you can incorporate colour and pattern into your space with confidence. Start small, take your time, and make sure you select things that you truly love. If you’re unsure as to whether you love something enough to include it, you probably don’t. It can be a good idea to wait a few weeks before purchasing to ensure you still like whatever it is you’re looking at.
If you’re still at a loss, make a mood board using magazines or make one online using a site like Pinterest. Get a rough plan in place first and it’ll make your life easier, and the outcome will be less of a surprise.
Which of these tips will you use when you redecorate? Leave a comment and let us know!