How to use patterns and prints?

It is great to see your room painted with your desired color but are you aware that you can upgrade it into the next level? Painting your room feels so much fun especially if you are the one doing and creating it. We all have this curiosity that we aim to learn something everyday. Besides, learning means growing.

I researched and found out that you can design your own room or any part of your house using different patterns and prints. One of the biggest dillemas concerning decorating a room is how to use pattern and print: how much is too much?

Photo from Kristin
Photo from Josephine Baran

We all think that using only a plain color decorating the room is already fine and great. However, if we use patterns, there are a lot of changes that can happen too. Like a wallpaper for example, it can hide stains, spots and scratches of the wall and make it look like brand new. Or it can mask the shape of an awkward room.

Photo from Vidar Nordli Mathisen

In addition, we sometimes think that a patterned room makes the room look more exaggerated in terms of the design. Little did we know that when we use dark printed design wallpaper in a specific room, it makes it look more wider and bigger. Print and pattern create remarkable interior design and your visitors or viewers will recognize its own identity.

Photo from Annie Spratt

If your furniture is a bit on the marginal side, use pattern and print to trick the eye into thinking the furniture is better than it actually is. Practically speaking, using wallpaper is much cheaper than painting your own room. Why is that so? There are a lot of affordable wallpapers that are waterproof, so if it happened that you accidentally spill something on the wall, you can just wipe it. Also, wallpaper doesn’t immediately gets old unlike painted walls, you need to repaint it for a span of 2-4 years depending how long you occupy the room.

Photo from Jason Wong

Another pattern is by using fabric. It is important to match the furniture we have to the type of fabric we will use because our relationship with our furniture is for a long-term commitment.

To help you understand and choose what is the most appropriate pattern, here are the below list:

Abrasion Resistance. This is the fabric’s ability to resist wear from rubbing, It contributes the durability. Fibers that absorb water are easier to clean. All natural fibers from animal and vegetables  are hydrophilic, as are two synthetic fibers: rayon and acerte – that means they absorb water and thus clean more easily.

Brocade. A weighty fabric woven of silk, cotton, wool, or a combination. It is often used for upholstery and fraperies.

Chenille. Typically a cotton, chenille is looped with a protruding pile. It can be used for upholtery and pillows.

Chintz. It is a glazed cotton. Chintzing is a form of finishing; it gives the fabric a slight sheen. It is not recommendable if you’ll use this for an area for heavy use.

Cotton. A natural fiber with good abrasion resistance, good draping ability, and a soft hand.

Damask. It made of heavy reversible fine yams of cotton, silk, or wool.

Duck. Is a closely woven cotton or linen. It is durable and slightly lighter in weight than canvas.

Lace. A cotton or cotton-polyester blend material featuring open-work designs.

Linen. This fabric has strength but poor abradion resistance. Linen is not as durable as a cotton, nor does it drape well.

Matelasse. This is a medium- to heavy-weight, luxurious double cloth with a blistered or quilted surface.

Muslin. Plain-weave cotton in white or cream. It is often sheer and not as heavy as duck.

Overall. This is a term for pattern that is even and overall or random.

Self Patterns. This term is used to describe a fabric wherein the weave creates a pattern.

Silk. It is traditionally am natural fiber, but today it often contains strong, durable synthetic fibers as as well. Silk has excellent drape and a luxurious hand.

Stripes. These are versatile and timeless. They can be formal or informal. Stripes are an ideal choice for dining chairs with wood frame.

Tepestry. This is heavy, ribbed, colored jacquard design made of wool and silk.

Ticking. Is strong, closely woven cotton that usually has stripes.

Toile de Jouy. An eighteenth-centurycotton or linen fabric printed with pastoral scenes.

Wool. This is natural fiber can be scratchy and expensive.

Woven Fabrics. These fabrics are made by weaving two sets of yarns at the right angles to each other to create complex designs.

And who says you can’t use print and pattern for the flooring? Here’s another interior design:

Photo from Justin Kauffman

While I browse and search photos that are related to my topic, I found these unique interior arts:

Photo from Dan Gold
Photo from Jonathan Borba
Photo from Roberto Nickson

Trust yourself. Always follow your instinct or if you know someone, your friends and family, that you think can make a better choice, you can always approach them.

Hope you enjoyed this blog. Thank you for reading!

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