Decorating with Prints and Patterns - Design Ideas from Carriss Window Fashions Ltd in Victoria, BC
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Mixing and matching prints and patterns is a beautiful interior design strategy.

Today’s home decorating prints are not the old fashioned patterns that might first come to mind. Options include stripes, geometrics, florals, animal prints, abstract shapes and more – all updated to today’s color palettes and decorating styles.

Prints can be bold and colorful or oh-so-subtle and neutral. It all depends what you like and what looks good in your home!


Decorating elements that are perfect for prints include:

– Furniture and upholstery fabrics
– Window coverings
– Rugs and flooring
– Wall coverings
– Pillows and bedding
– Tile and backsplashes
– Even painted patterns on wood furniture and walls

To mix and match patterns follow these simple guidelines:

– Start with one print that has a relatively large pattern, and use it for more than half of your printed materials in a room.

– Then as you mix patterns with additional home elements, use smaller scales and some of the same colors. This will ensure a harmonious look, rather than a sense of chaos.

– Balance prints with solid color design elements in the same color range to settle your look.

As with all design decisions, try to bring samples home before you make your selections. Sometimes colors and patterns look different at home than in a showroom!

If you’re nervous about adding prints to your home décor, experiment just a little with decorative throws, pillows, bedding and table linens.

Add some energy and visual engagement to your home with prints – they are a great low-cost way to update the look of your home for just one season or for a lifetime. For more ideas or for help with your next design project, please contact the team at Carriss Window Fashions Ltd.

November 2016