Pattern 101

Many people find incorporating pattern into interior environments difficult. It can easily overwhelm a space if you use too much pattern or don’t use it correctly. And trying to mix and match patterns can be very daunting – but it doesn’t have to be!

Whether it be a commercial or residential interior, pattern can be applied using wall coverings, tile, fabrics and upholstery, and other graphic elements. You can also use pattern to convey a design style and/or to add visual interest to a space. In order to successfully apply pattern to your space you must first understand the different types of patterns, and secondly how to mix and match them with other design elements.

Geometric Patterns:  Patterns formed by geometric shapes, typically repeated.  Geometric patterns can be used to complement modern, contemporary, and transitional spaces and complement other types of patterns well.

Seamless geometric pattern in op art design.

Organic Patterns: Organic patterns are the opposite of geometric patterns in that they utilize soft lines, shapes, and curves instead of straight lines and rigid shapes. Organic patterns often consist of floral patterns and animal prints. Organic patterns work well in traditional interiors but also in modern and contemporary ones as well.


Motif Patterns: Recurring shapes, forms and figures. Motif patterns can overlap other types of patterns like geometric and organic. Motif patterns can be very subtle, or very bold depending on how and where you use them in a space.


Pictorial Patterns: Patterns consisting of objects or scenes. These are not abstract like the other types of patterns and usually have an easily identifiable theme.


Once you have an understanding of the different varieties of pattern, it’s much easier to integrate them into your design. Here are some ways you can successfully use pattern in your space.

1. Balance patterned elements with solids

Balance is perhaps the most important thing to be aware of when using pattern. If you use too much pattern you will completely overwhelm the space and its users. Pattern should be applied in unison with solids to create a layered effect. For example, if you’re using a large scale print as a wall covering, the floors and furnishings can be solid colors and textures so they complement the pattern, not compete with it.

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2. Use different types of pattern within the same shade or hue. 

One easy way to achieve a harmonious look using different patterns is for every pattern to be done in the same color or shade. This is one of the easiest ways to use pattern because you don’t have to worry about how color combinations affect the different patterns. Using the same shade in different patterns allows you to use different types of pattern as well as different scales while still creating a cohesive look.

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source: Pinterest

3. Mix patterns with different scales

Using varying scales is so important when combining different patterns. Using the same scale for all the patterned elements will look busy and incoherent. In order to properly layer different patterns you must also use a variety of scales. For example, if your rug has a large scale pattern then drapery, accent furnishings and pillows should have a mix of medium and small scale patterns.

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source: Pinterest

Using pattern in your interior will give it that “designed” look. As long as you use pattern appropriately and always consider balance and scale, you can create a well developed space that will be the envy of your family and friends. If you need help using pattern in your space email us at!

Grammy Inspired Design

The 2014 Grammy red carpet was full of color and inspiration and it is always something I look forward to seeing. I thought it would be fun to elaborate on how I think their interior spaces could be designed based on their red carpet style. Interior design often takes inspiration from fashion and vice versa. Here is how it plays out…

Taylor Swift Accent Tables: Crate & Barrel Pillows & Candle Holders: Pier1 Imports Buffet Cabinet: Z Gallerie
Taylor Swift
Accent Tables: Crate & Barrel
Pillows & Candle Holders: Pier1 Imports
Buffet Cabinet: Z Gallerie

Taylor Swift’s sparkling gown speaks to me in one word, METALLIC! Metallic tones create glamorous, high-end spaces. You can integrate these shiny hues into your home using textiles like throw pillows, or in your accessories like the candle holders, vases or lamps. Mirrored and metallic furnishings also make great statement pieces.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ottoman: Lamps Plus Candle Holders: Z Gallerie Eames Chair and Pillows: Room & Board
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Ottoman: Lamps Plus
Candle Holders: Z Gallerie
Eames Chair and Pillows: Room & Board

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were big winners at the Grammys but also brought their fashion game to the red carpet. For this look, we choose to take inspiration from the sophisticated and masculine elements to their outfits. The modern leather chair paired with the velvet ottoman bring together the luxurious and ultra masculine feel. Teal and black with gold accents is the perfect palate for a swanky bachelor pad!

Beyonce Wall Art: Horchow Bench: Safavieh Pillows + Candle Holders: Z Gallerie
Wall Art: Horchow
Bench: Safavieh
Pillows + Candle Holders: Z Gallerie

Beyonce’s red carpet look was white hot! White will always be classic, and in this case soft and feminine. This look features soft fabrics and subtle, tone-on-tone patterns which create the soft look of lace. The wall art and candle holders are inspired by Beyonce’s womanly figure with their curved lines and feminine apepeal.

Liking the “Lichen”

Sometimes, it can be difficult having plants in a room if there is not enough access to light, water, air and space. To make matters worse, if you did put a plant in a space like that, the chances of the plan survivng aren’t very great…

There’s a fun, new alternative to solve your problems when it comes to plant placement. Hangable sections of “lichen” (more commonly known as Reindeer Moss) are becoming more commonly used in home decorating. This particular type of lichen doesn’t need any air, water, light, care or maintaining which makes it even more appealling in some cases. This lichen is called . The plant comes mounted into a resin base that is ready to hang.

What makes this “Moss Tile” even more appealling is that it comes in various colors, which can expand your options for colors and textures for the room. Moss Tile is also available in the following colors:
Wasabi (a lighter shade of green)
Liquirizia (a darker shade of gray)
Menta (a slightly darker tone of green, not forest green)
Cumino (a mix of orange and burnt orange)
Green Pepper (a shade of lighter green with the occasional spot of a darker green)
Zafferano (a lighter shade of orange, closer to a darker shade of yellow)
Paprika (a fun, brighter pink)
Cassis (a pretty combination of a navy blue and a violet)
Malva (a lighter, softer purple)
Red Pepper (a lighter, more vibrant mix of red and a darker pink)

If you wish to make your own Moss Tile, you can buy some Reindeer Moss and plywood to craft your own.

Low Maintenance Getaway

With the summer in full bloom vacation is on the minds of everyone trying to beat the heat. What better to surrround yourself with beautiful, low maintenance design so you can entertain, soak up the sun, and enjoy the summer completely stress free…the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which bikini to lay out in.

Alright Boys…This is For You

There are some men out there that have the game all figured out, but for those of you gentlemen who need some assistance in that department, don’t worry… thats why there are pros such as ourselves to guide each and every one of you through these difficult situations.
Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Get your pencils ready, here are the most important things to always remember and DEFINITELY never forget.
Follow these simple rules, and we GUARANTEE you success.

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RULE # 1: Stay grounded

RULE #2: Be spontaneous and courageous

RULE #3: Express sensitivity

RULE #4: Know your limits

RULE #5: Be well hung