We’ve all experimented with different coloured walls in our home, as paint is wonderful for a quick and easy update, but have you ever considered trying wallpaper? Injecting your home with a fabulous dose of print is super impactful. However, an of-the-moment pattern can easily date a space, so keep your styling classic with our four trend-proof suggestions…
4 timeless patterns to use in your home:
From elegant fretwork prints to softly blurred ikats and pretty art-deco designs, there’s a geometric pattern for every look. Their simplicity is their strength – you can go subtle in a soft colour or impactful in a bright one; it works either way. These patterns can also be mixed with each other, as long as you keep to a shared colour palette.
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These soothing patterns – distinctly different from florals – create a calming space. The way to keep it classic is to choose a pared-back palette that lets you play with pattern, scale and styles without a fear of overdoing it. Think leaf-prints in the form of barely-there tints of grey, taupe, dusty pink and pale green.
Artisan block prints
Traditionally printed using carved wooden blocks (although now, of course, it’s mostly done digitally), these repeated patterns are a work of art for your walls. As they can be heavily detailed and busy, use them in a country or Scandi look with simple, wooden furniture and plain fabrics, and limit use to a feature wall rather than a whole room. Even though they can be highly detailed, they’re made with only two or three colours so the overall effect is surprisingly easy on the eye.
From chintzy roses to elegant trailing garlands and ditsy sprigged prints, these are the hardest patterns to work with. But embrace their busyness and go full floral for a room that’s bursting with colour, character and fabulousness! If you’re scared florals look too ‘granny’, pair them with on-trend metallic accessories and ultra-mod furniture for contrast. Just pick a colourway you know you’ll love in five years’ time.