4 Ways to Work With Patterns

Breathe new life into your room by adding interesting prints

Photography: Dairy Darilag

Stepping into your home should instantly make you feel at ease and relaxed. However, there are days when the house look a bit bare and boring. One of the easiest ways to deal with this situation is to hang framed photos of family trips and occasions. Doing this livens up the walls and adds a unique touch to your space.

If you're feeling extra creative and you want to inject some fun into your home, you may also want to consider adding prints and patterns. Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino gives us the lowdown on how you can use these two to add visual interest to your interiors.

Use it in an empty space

“Patterns add visual interest to accentuate an empty space,” shares Hannah. While patterns can instantly add life to any room, be sure that whatever you choose, you consider the harmony of its proportion and theme.

Consider color and lighting

“Color and lighting are factors that will either make a room feel small or big. If [the] prints are big, but the colors chosen are light or subdued, it will not necessarily affect the room,” explains Hannah. “However, if your patterns are big and complicated and your colors are very saturated with minimal lighting, it usually follows that the space appears to be smaller.”

Mix different prints

When trying to mix different prints together, you have to consider proportion. Pick one main pattern and one secondary pattern and use them in significantly less proportions. “You can even use more than two different patterns! For as long as you are focused on the design and theme of what you are aiming for, you may experiment with  various patterns in interiors," Hannah says.

Use the color wheel

Patterns add contrast to a room that’s why it’s recommended to use different shades together. If you don’t know where to start, try choosing two colors on opposite sides of the color wheel. Try working with blues and oranges for a combination of a relaxing and friendly feel at home.

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