Bold Patterns – Do You Love Them or Hate Them?

At my old job we rarely used patterns. As a matter of fact none of my projects had a pattern in them.   Instead, everything from the carpets to the throw pillows were covered in solids.  I must admit, at the time I yearned for a bold pattern each time a fabric rep would come to the office.  But looking back, I completely understand why Vicente, my old boss didn’t use them.  In interiors where there are no patterns, there is a serene calm with little to no static.  In addition, there is a confidence present. There is no relying on a textile designer’s print to make the interiors sing.  Instead, it’s just pure talent in being able to layer different materials, textures, and colors to make it look dynamic and interesting.

However, on the other side of the spectrum, I realize my old job’s interiors weren’t the norm.  They were so high-end that the furniture didn’t need anything like a bold print to detract from its beauty.  You could literally upholster some of those pieces in muslin and they would still be beautiful.  I understand not all spaces are like that.  So, therefore I love patterns and what they can do.  They can take an old worn out sofa and turn it into an interesting element with a couple of throw pillows or even a throw.  With a bold rug, they can take an ugly ordinary room and turn it into a dynamic room of color.  Bold patterns can help to tie a room together or add a little something to a room that is lacking.

Below are some of my favorites patterns that I’ve seen recently.   I’m dying over all the Chevrons, Ikats, and Batiks. They are all so so beautiful.

 

Buddakahn Blue Fabric on Oyster 302872F through Quadrille – Trade Only

 

Island Ikat Pale Aqua Fabric on White 6460-32 available through Quadrille – Trade Only

 

Tashkent Royal Blue Fabric on Oyster 302506F available through Quadrille Fabrics – Trade Only

 

Kite Kilim Rug available through West Elm

 

Diamond Ikat Azure Pillow available through Dwell Studio

 

 Cross Pillow Mustard and Gray  available through Jonathan Adler

 

 Lucky Strike Pillow Navy and Orange available through Jonathan Adler

 

 Suzani Blue Graham Fabric available through Madeline Weinrib Atelier – Trade Only

 

Organic Blockprint Black Zig Zag Pillow available through Madeline Weinrib Atelier

 

Ikat Dashwood Pillow available through Madeline Weinrib Atelier

 

 Ikat Blue Dodi Fabric available through Madeline Weinrib Atelier – Trade Only

 

 Ikat Dove Stripe Fabric available through Madeline Weinrib Atelier – Trade Only

 

Ikat Purple Mu Pillow available through Madeline Weinrib Atelier – Trade Only

 

Flower of Love Wall Covering available through Flavor Paper

 

 Fruits of Design Wall Covering available through Flavor Paper

 

Scallop Embroidery Fabric through Schumacher – Trade Only

 

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I'm an interior designer living in Sag Harbor, NY posting about things I love and trying to help people along the way. I've worked for top NYC interior designers and hope to share some of the secrets of the trade.
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