Ever heard someone say “Bold is Beautiful”? Well it certainly comes into play when decorating with pattern. First of all, get rid of that old decorating myth ” use small patterns in small spaces” because we no longer live by those rules. Large scaled patterns are perfect for small and large sized interiors.
Myth #1: Large Patterns are for large spaces.
There are no limits anymore when it comes to design rules. Turn a boring white walled decor into a stylishly bold space by using a large scaled pattern on one wall. I love how the designer took a traditional floral motif transforming it into a grand sized print, instantly creating an urban beauty. The look is simple yet dramatic and reflects how old ideas are revitalized with new technology in today’s design world.
Myth #2: Small Patterns are for small spaces.
Most people think you can’t use large patterns in small spaces but the opposite is true. Nothing makes a room more attractive than bold and stately patterns. Small powder rooms and baths are great for these types of prints. When decorating a small space, remember to keep the decor simple and then add the perfect backdrop, a bold print. This can be accomplished by hanging an over sized large piece of art in the room or preferably with a grand scaled wallpaper as it will have more impact. Large designs instantly set the mood and often make an impression with visitors. Color of course has something to do with it but as you can see above in this elegant bathroom; the large pink designer paper by Manual Canovas for Cowtan & Tout is the key element to making the space special.
Myth #3: Large Patterns tire easily on the eye.
Not so in design as larger patterns can be quite soothing visually as small prints may appear busy in contrast. No matter what scale of pattern you are living with, if you don’t like the pattern, it won’t last in your home. If you aren’t quite ready to be daring enough to go with a large print on the wall, then start with something that isn’t so permanent like bedding. Large prints such as this Bliss Living Home duvet set create instant design drama. First of all, you can change it out easily if you feel you’re not sure about living with a large print. Sometimes, like anything, it just takes time to get use to a new look. Shedding old design beliefs are hard. Many of us grow up with styles instilled into us from our parents but that doesn’t mean their taste is your style! Trust your instinct when it comes to trying out new patterns as it will tell you if your moving towards a new look and are liking it.
Myth # 4: Large prints are hard to incorporate in a room.
False. It’s easy to mix large prints with smaller patterns in any decor. Large scaled designs tend to draw the eye visually creating a focal point. As seen in this modern Designers Guild interior, the largest pattern is the area rug making it the center of attraction. If your drawn to large print patterns but don’t know where to begin, start with accessories. Large patterns on pillows bring a lot of impact to a plain couch or chair while giving you a start to love bold patterns without taking over entirely. The larger the area you choose to cover with a big print will decipher how much of a design statement you are willing to make. Like above, I love the huge rose area rug and drapes as they add a certain pop of color and drama to this white infused interior.
Myth #5 Decorating with big patterns adds drama.
YES! Big is better. So live LARGE with BIG PATTERNS. It’s the only BOLD way to go!