Small-Scale Pattern in the Bedroom

Large-scale patterns are popular in bedroom interiors these days, perhaps because small-scale patterns can be dizzying, and can sometimes have a cluttering effect. But we love the way a small-scale pattern creates visual texture. In the bedroom, where it can be hard to get creative, patterns like these are a great way to subtly liven things up...Try these ideas for bringing small-scale pattern into your bedroom decor scheme:

A bolster pillow to complement your existing bedding is always a nice touch. John Robshaw does beautiful small-scale Indian-inspired patterns that look great paired with subtle stripes or florals.

An upholstered bench at the foot of the bed provides a nice bedroom accent, and a small-scale pattern layered against a large-scale print duvet (or a plain white duvet) would be a nice touch. If you want to go DIY, look for a flea market or craigslist bench with a drop-in seat that can be easily reupholstered with a staple gun.

• Consider a wallpaper headboard, trimmed to look like an actual headboard framing your bed. A small-scale pattern in an unexpected color or even a metallic would be a nice complement to neutral bedding.

• Try a throw blanket or quilt folded along the foot of the bed. These can be easily removed if you grow to feel like the added pattern is too busy.

A comforter or quilt with subtle stitching in a small-scale pattern (see fifth photo above) adds both visual texture and tactile interest.

Do you go for small-scale patterns in your bedroom, or do you favor bold, graphic prints?

(Images: Cheryl Tague, via Alicia B. Designs; Jeffers Design Group; I Suwannee (photos 3 and 4); Design*Sponge; Livingetc; Martha Stewart (photos 7 and 8))

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