Today’s Interior Design Inspiration:: Soothing Patterns

The right mixture of patterns can turn a room from fine to fabulous. Including patterns in a room requires a delicate touch, conveying calm and peacefulness. The following shows how selecting the right pieces for your design can transform your bedroom into a relaxing, elegant retreat.

Patterns with subtle contrasts in color provide a soothing ambiance to a space. The patterns on this pillow and throw make the space ideal for rest and relaxation. Where brightly colored, polarized patterns would make a space lively, low-contrast patterns in subdued tones are perfect for making your home feel soothing. These barely-there patterns break up the space without drawing inordinate amounts of attention.B47-01

As is the rule with most design work, classic patterns are less likely to become dated over time, where more modern patterns could need to be replaced to keep up with the trending style. This room’s antique, one-of-a-kind rug has a classic, timeless pattern that won’t need to be changed out when the design world’s tastes change. Don’t shy away from including a few modern or trendy styles in your design – just remember to use them on easily replaced items like throws and pillows. Mixing a few modern patterns in with the classic can be a great way to add interest to a space.B47-02

Another aspect to remember is that organic patterns, like those seen on the room’s decorative pillows, further the calming effect created by low contrast colors. Curved edges don’t trap the eye in any one place and give the room flow. Organic patterns don’t have to mean strictly floral prints; use patterns that flow and have soft, rounded edges.B47-03

When choosing patterns, it helps to determine the size of your patterns relative to the space they will inhabit. If a piece is small, like a throw pillow, a similarly small pattern will give your design a feeling of effortlessness. Larger pieces of furniture or walls will appear more natural with similarly large patterns.

Keeping in mind the texture of your pattern can elevate your design to another level. Texture can become the focal point of a room, adding warmth and contrast to any space. Patterns can be a subtle, elegant way to provide a room’s texture. In this bedroom, the combination of silky and matte fabrics that form the pattern of the drapes provides visible texture to the room without being overpowering. This textural detail serves as a unique, stunning feature in the room and draws the eye to the large windows where ordinary curtains might not.B47-04

Mixing a combination of patterns in one space is an easy way to show your design skill. The combined patterns of the drapes, pillows, throw, and rug make this space shine. Don’t be afraid to use many different patterns in a space, as long as you find ones that form a cohesive whole. When you are trying to find harmonious combinations for a soothing design, it is best to use patterns with similar contrast levels, ages, or textures. While you may fear making a room busy by using several different patterns in this space, this room stands as an example that a multi-patterned space can still be inviting and relaxing.B47-05

In the end, the right pattern combinations are the ones that make you love the space. Go out and make your home match your style.



What patterns do you incorporate into your designs? Do you prefer modern or classic styles?

Tile Selection 101

Have you ever walked into a tile store? It can be a staggering experience. Between the various materials, colors, sizes, and styles to choose from, it can leave your head spinning. If you’ve never selected tile before, it’s hard to know how to distinguish tile materials that will work in certain spaces throughout your home and it’s harder still to know how to narrow down your search.


Today, we share a brief lesson in tile selection 101, providing you a few tips for how to make the best selections and offering suggested uses for certain tile materials.

1.Bring paint chips and fabric swatches. Tile comes in a wide array of colors and patterns and it’s important for your tile selections to work with your current paint colors, furnishings, or other design selections. Bring in paint chips and any fabric swatches to help narrow down your options. You also have the option to bring home tile samples to see how the tile would look in your home before making your final selections.


2. Take room measurements ahead of time. Measure the various walls and spaces that require tile and take those measurements with you to the tile shop. Having measurements with you will help you make cost estimates as you shop. To figure out the exact quantity of tile needed for an area, multiply the area’s width and length and then add five percent for waste. Be sure and round up to have extras on hand for any repairs needed down the line.

3. Consider tile application. Certain rooms and certain spaces will require a certain type of tile. Before going to the tile shop, do some research to find out what materials work best for the particular space you are designing. For example, wet areas will need impermeable rather than porous tiles. Glazed and polished tiles are ideal for backsplashes and walls because they are easy to clean but aren’t a great choice for floors because, if wet, they offer very little traction.B21-034. Make sure your tiles were fired together. Tiles that are fired together will have the same appearance. To ensure all your tile in your order will look the same, specify that you would like the tiles to have the same lot number and shade number. This will prevent a slightly off color tile from ruining the overall design.

5. Utilize the expertise of your tile dealer. A professional at the tile shop is a great resource for many of the questions you may have. They will be able to tell you the type of material you should be using in a bathroom as opposed to a backsplash or the type of tile that is best to use for your floor. They’ll also be able to recommend various tile options within your budget and some options that might work for the style and design aesthetic you are trying to achieve.


Have more questions about tile? Ask us in the comments below.


Photos by: Rachael Boling