Minimal Out, Visual Fun In: How to Tastefully Add Pattern to Your Interiors

There’s no place like home — granted your nest doesn’t look like a stark, bleak pod. Minimalism may be in, but even the most low-key decor needs a whiff of hue and texture to feel welcoming in the long haul. Adding a few interesting patterns and textures will add personality to your living area, taking the ambiance and aesthetics in your home from dull to designer in a flash.

That being said, you should always be a little wary while spicing up your space with patterns. Excessive amounts of patterns are never a good thing, especially when it comes to visual interest. Here are a few simple tips on how to incorporate patterns and colors into your home for the best possible aesthetic results.

Break a monochrome color scheme with colorful patterns

Minimalist homes with a monochromatic color palette with all white everything will look less sterile if topped with a colorful flourish. Pick a solid secondary tone to supplement the white base such as navy blue, black, olive green or dark brown, establishing which goes best with your décor. Horizontal and vertical stripes, chevron, plaid, gingham, checkers, herringbone or dots are some of the most common two-tone patterns used to up the visual game at home. When used properly, these can make a strong stylistic statement without creating gratuitous visual noise.

Use tone-on-tone design to clean up your look

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Interior designers seem to have fallen in love with tone-on-tone color in the past few years, and for good reason. Using different shades of the same primary hue helps to break visual monotony without jeopardizing the living area’s stylistic integrity. You can add a cool note to your home by complementing beige walls with elements of ivory, sepia, hazelnut, light grey, eggshell and similar color nuances. If you want to build an aesthetic masterpiece from a white backdrop, try relying on ecru, vanilla, bone, Dutch white and other off-whit.

Say yes to (a few) bold statement pieces

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Tone-on-tone design is the safest way to add colorful patterns to your home, but don’t be afraid to experiment with bold pieces here and there. Statement pieces in wine red, deep violet, dark blue or burnt orange play well with a black-and-white or pastel background while wowing guests. We don’t recommend going overboard when mixing different patterns, however — one or two statement elements will serve as a sufficient visual boost for a two-tone room. Less is always more when playing with excessively bold patterns.

Incorporate pieces salvaged from exotic travels

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Ethnic prints are very hot in interior design these days — so hot they actually constitute the backbone of some trending home looks such as bohemian, eclectic, Asian and African décor. For a fun stylistic twist indoors, throw a boho-chic rug into your living room or create an accent wall in the hallway drawing on a tropical botanical print. Display an Oriental tapestry in the master bedroom to get an effortlessly exotic look. Likewise, tribal motifs look lovely etched along a supporting column and arabesque-covered fabrics, drapes and carpeting will add a touch of elegance to your worldly décor.

Extend pattern up the walls to drive away dull décor

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A simple and cost-efficient way to add pattern to your living area, decorative wallpapers with modern prints have made a huge comeback to the interior design scene last year. Now's the time to invest, considering it looks like they’re going to stick around for a few more seasons. Geometric shapes, graphic art, faux natural prints, botanical motifs and asymmetrical patterns are very popular nowadays, but you can also custom-design wall coverings based on your own pics or favorite visual masterpieces. On top of the stylistic value, modern wallpapers are often produced from premium materials (meaning they last longer than classic wall coverings) and are easy to apply and maintain.

Mix up the scales of your patterns

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Many interior designers recommend choosing a dominant pattern to replicate in small-scale accessories throughout your private space, but it's fun to be creative and mix different-size patterns as well. For superior aesthetics, intersperse both large and small prints, grouping them based on color compatibility. For instance, zebra-inspired cushions would blend perfectly in a black-and-white living area, while ethnic carpets and tapestries with geometric blue-and-white prints fare well in a bedroom with a navy color scheme.

Every home needs tender love and careful designing to stay effortlessly chic from season to season. If your nest is looking less than inspiring, try incorporating patterns. You’ll be surprised at the change it can make — especially in the most minimal of homes.