Timeless damask chairs in a rich berry red make a dramatic statement in this eclectic Manhattan dining room designed by Rate My Space user Patrick. Erinn's Tip: "Sometimes it doesn't take a lot to make a room pop; a single strong pattern may be all you need."
Bold Yet Balanced
Erinn's Tip: "When designing this room, I started with the drapery fabric, which has a repeating pattern of little white monkeys — it's very whimsical and fun. Once the drapes were pleated, the pattern became more subtle, which is nice. I contrasted the small pattern in the drapes with the large geometric rug. Finally, I selected a bold citrus fabric for the vintage Italian chairs. The three patterns are very different but work together beautifully because the scale is varied." Design by Erinn Valencich.
Traditional and Timeless
This may look like wallpaper but it's actually paper-backed fabric. Designer Sarah Richardson used this centuries-old process to achieve a sophisticated look in her dining room. The process of backing fabric with paper is known as lamination or paper backing and costs about $10 per yard. Check with local wallpaper or fabric stores for availability.
Designer Erinn Valencich gave this room a modern twist with a fabric shade in a large-scale print and ethnic-inspired rug. Erinn's Tip: "Paired with solid walls and furniture, the patterned shade and rug really pop. With a rug this bold, you wouldn't want to use patterned chairs. The shade and rug work well together because they share similar colors but don't touch."
If you crave color, take a cue from designer Shelly Riehl David. The saturated yellows and greens in this dining room create a refreshing palette while contrasting splashes of red and pink add to the pop. Erinn's Tip: "Have fun! Mixing patterns is a great way to really spice up a dining room."
Shelly Riehl David
Pop Goes the Dining Room
Designer Andreea Avram Rusu chooses bold color and a look-at-me pattern. Erinn's Tip: "It's important to vary the scale when filling a space with multiple patterns. For instance, when using a floral or similar pattern with large circular motions, pair it with a less-detailed, smaller print or stripes."
Robin's-egg blue and a stylized cherry blossom mural give this traditional dining room a young, laid-back vibe. Paneled wainscot on the wall's bottom third keeps the pattern from overwhelming the space. Design by Rate My Space user susu5.
Don't Forget the Ceiling
A vintage chandelier, antique French chairs and timeless floral wallpaper (on the ceiling!) combine to create a room that is simply ooh-la-la. Design by Rate My Space user colbylucky. Erinn's Tip: "An unexpected pop of pattern on the ceiling can work wonders."
Always in Fashion
Subtle, tone-on-tone patterns work well on upholstered pieces; these are items that you'll keep for many years to come so choose a pattern that will stand the test of time. Design by Erinn Valencich.
By using a copper tone throughout, designer Erinn Valencich was able to fill this space with small and large patterns that work together to create a polished whole. Errin's Tip: The upholstered side chairs have a soft, circular pattern while the head chairs received a bolder circular pattern that demands attention. The rug has a soft, faded-over-time look that allows it to pair well with the various fabrics in the room.