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20 Spaces That Will Inspire You to Play with Pattern

August 18, 2017

Plus, get designer tricks on how to do it, straight from the pros.

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Photo: Colin Price Photography. From: Noz Nozawa.

Go Graphic

Designer Noz Nozawa serves up some serious style in this eclectic, pattern-clad living room. Her advice for playing up patterns in your space? Nozawa says, "When it comes to patterns, I love to go bold with big graphics and geometrics, so that they really present as a pattern from wherever you are in the space (smaller patterns can sometimes can get lost). I also like to include pattern on large surfaces in a space, such as wallpaper or a bold area rug. If the pattern feels daunting, I reccomend thinking of pattern like pops of color: add bold pops of pattern via low-commitment pillows and throws!"

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Photo: Julie Soefer Photography. From: Laura U Design Collective.

Moody Mix

This moody master bedroom, designed by Laura Umansky, features textiles and pieces inspired by the sweeping abstract painting positioned behind the master bed. Recreate this romantic, mysterious setting in your own home by layering luxe fabrics (think: velvet, satin, silk) with rich, saturated furnishings.

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Photo: Regan Wood Photography. From: Elizabeth Bomberger.

Risks Reap Rewards

Go off the beaten path, pals. Rather than playing it safe with a couple of patterned pillows, take risks and have fun in your interior-design adventures. This master ensuite features a lotus flower mosaic, effectively proving that patterns are capable of elevating design in the most unexpected places. The results? Jaw-dropping.

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Photo: Laura Metzler. From: Kerra Michele Huerta.

Be Intentional

Are you swooning over this white-on-white, pattern-packed nursery right about now? Us too. Interior designer, Kerra Michele Huerta, encourages us to think strategically when adding prints and patterns to a space. Huerta says, "The key to incorporating pattern in spaces is to use pattern strategically. If you have low ceilings, try a vertical pattern to draw the eye up; in a narrow room, go for horizontal patterns to elongate the space. Pattern can be monochromatic, like white on white, and still give the desired effect, so you don't have to fear it!"

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