Let's Talk Patterns

Tell a story about pattern using textures in a range of colours—it’s a great way to bring excitement and energy to a room. To help you get started, here are some tips to help you create magic with your new space. 

Rule 1: Work with colours that have the same level of intensity.

Before you start thinking about how you want to furbish your new place, pick a colour. We’re not talking about multiple shades of the same colour, but a single shade of one colour. With this, we can start making the colour palette for your space. The colours we pick from this point forward must all have the same colour intensity—don’t mix pastels with vibrant primary colours; work with the same hue. Be aware that the same rule applies to whites! Keep your whites in the same family; if you choose a cream white, don’t use a bright white. Your fabric will stand out and take away from your room if your whites don’t match. 

Living room design in Zinc Development's 35Wabash

Living room design in Zinc Development's 35Wabash

Rule 2: Your fabric feel determines your theme.

Think of how you want your room to feel. Most people would say that satins, silks, velvets, and embroideries are formal fabrics. Conversely, many people consider cotton and polyester as casual fabrics. The same rule applies for patterns: most people would identify damask as a formal pattern, but gingham plaid, an informal pattern. Consider these levels of formality when selecting patterns because all fabrics have a personality or a feel. Take 36Hazelton’s lounge for example; the sleek design gives the room a very cool and modern vibe.

Lounge design in Zinc Development's 36Hazelton

Lounge design in Zinc Development's 36Hazelton

Rule 3: Balance is key.

Use a minimum of 3 patterns if you want to add depth to your home.

Pattern 1: This one is your statement pattern. It should be large in scale because it’ll set the tone for your space. Large patterns generally pull the space together.

Pattern 2: This pattern should be half the size of your first pattern, but still have some of the same colours and geometric shape.

Pattern 3: The third pattern can be similar to either of the other patterns as long as it uses some of the same colours. This one should be the same size as Pattern 2, or even smaller in scale. Smaller patterns generally draw on your attention.

Patter 4+: Every pattern after the third one should be very small in scale, such as a printed texture to complement your other patterns. Another option could be to simply use a solid to soften your prints because busy patterns generally drive up the energy level.

Office design in Zinc Development's 36Hazelton

Office design in Zinc Development's 36Hazelton

Balance is the key thing to remember here. Don’t let the number, three, scare you; they can be as subtle as the shape of your bathroom mirror or the stitching in your ottoman as seen in 36Hazelton. Lastly, remember to avoid putting all your patterned pieces together on one side of the room.

Have fun and voila! You’ve mixed your patterns like a pro.