13 perfectly patterned rooms
Large and in charge
If your all-solid room is looking a bit drab, try easing into patterns.
Bing: Stylish slipcovers
Freshen up a piece of furniture, such as an armchair, with a patterned slipcover. Then hang a large piece of artwork at the focal point of the living room for an instant update.
Not all pattern play has to be loud. Spruce up your space with zebra pillows and a matching rug. Keep the rest of the neutral decor untouched to help this feminine space maintain its quiet feel.
Complement a bold orange sectional with a fun ottoman -- or two. (They're easy to change when you're ready to swap out the pattern.) Add coordinating throw pillows to complete the lively look.
Bing: How to use throw pillows
Head to toe
Striking patterns turn a nondescript white room into something special. For a dramatic look, consider patterned, floor-to-ceiling curtains. Choose an area rug in the same color scheme to balance the horizontal and vertical patterns.
Pretty in pink
Energize your living room with layers of patterns. Start with a solid wall for your backdrop and let the patterns pop.
Bing: Decorating with pink
Stick to one color family to avoid sensory overload.
Still not convinced that patterns are for you? Try decorating your living room with all solids, except the area rug.
Choose a color block pattern that is interesting to look at without making your space unbearable. And don't be timid when selecting the solid pieces. Commit to at least one bold hue, like a sunny yellow.
Mix and match
It turns out you can pair polka dots with stripes. The large pieces in this room each boast a different pattern, but thanks to their subdued color palette, the prints work together to create a perfect union.
Flair for drama
Love the look of a bold pattern but afraid to commit? Use loud patterns in a place that can easily be updated, such as chairs, in case you change your mind. To create an eye-catching aesthetic, showcase patterns on an unexpected piece, like an X-bench or a fabric lampshade.
Kids rooms are a perfect place to experiment with patterns. Retro wallpaper combined with the striped rug doesn't overwhelm the space, but instead gives it a sense of playfulness. Our verdict? Just have fun with it.
Going for a more sophisticated look? Patterns can solve your problem. Stick with solids for your largest pieces, such as the sofa and ottoman. Choose a mix of fun prints and a more traditional one, like a plaid, to adorn your pillows and window treatments.