The traditional architecture of this living room feels more contemporary with the introduction of upholstered furnishings in two different black-and-white patterns. A large-scale pattern on the sofa complements a more detailed pattern on the opposite chairs, while a couch in a solid neutral in between balances the look.
When a color scheme is minimal, it can feel flat if texture isn’t included via patterns. A patterned bedspread and rug help give the space dimension.
Look closely: Did you spot the black-and-white stripe on the lamp? If you have a large area covered in pattern, such as a wall or sofa, introduce smaller instances of pattern in different scales via accessories for added interest.
In this living room, a sofa upholstered in linen damask interacts with black-and-white panels. Notice the extremely small-scale pattern on the rug: this is a great trick for introducing another pattern for texture’s sake without going overboard. The very small scale almost makes it appear a solid color so the look doesn’t push the limits.
If an entire room in wallpaper seems a bit much, go for the wallpapered accent wall instead. A black table runner across the white table gives the effect of additional pattern in this dining space.
Don’t forget, you can also start small with throw pillows. These accessories are great items to experiment with pattern: go to the store and mix a few together to get a feel for what’s right. Notice how two of these pillows feature a larger scale than the other two.
Don’t be afraid to introduce solid color. A green headboard and magenta throw pillow offer welcome separation between black-and-white patterns in this bedroom.
The use of red in this bedroom adds fun color to a space otherwise populated heavily in black-and-white patterns. Notice how the duvet and draperies have patterns in larger scale while the wallpaper and throws feature patterns in much smaller scale. As a result, four patterns work cohesively in one space.
Consider using a geometric pattern to balance those that are more detailed. A striped wall complements floral paper in this bedroom.
And in this room, a striped wall provides the perfect backdrop for a solid black couch accessorized with zebra print pillows.
A rug with a perimeter stripe and black-and-white penny tiles in the shower complement the busier wallpaper in this bathroom. Black-and-white towels in solid colors carry the color scheme without competing with the patterns.