Here’s What Our 2020 Pattern of the Year Looks Like in 4 Real-Life Rooms

updated Apr 10, 2020
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It’s hard to believe that our 2020 Pattern of the Year, Freely Scribbled, has been out for over two months now. The exuberance and energy that we felt this organic brushstroke pattern brought to the table back then might be just the thing we could all use a little more of now, especially in our homes.

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With that in mind, we asked a few of our favorite design bloggers and Instagram friends to style out a Freely Scribbled piece from our collaboration with Society6 in their own spaces. Their choices ran the gamut, proving just how versatile an abstract patterned accessory can be. Whether you are looking to add a bold splash of color to your bedroom or just want a cute set of coasters to protect the living room table you’re now using as your WFH desk, consider letting Freely Scribbled do some line dancing in your home after seeing its serious decorating moves here. And even better, AT readers can get an exclusive discount of 25 percent off all Pattern of the Year merch using code ATPATTERN until July 31, 2020.

Credit: Dabito

A Freely Scribbled art print might be the easiest way to work this kind of pattern into your space. It’d be great in a gallery arrangement, but it’s also strong enough to hold its own, especially if you let it play off the rest of the colors in your space. That’s exactly what blogger, photographer, and all around creative person Dabito of Old Brand New did in his guest room shown here. He chose the Terracotta colorway, which complements the indigo blue in his headboard and jibes with the warm shades in his quilt, lampshade, and throw pillows.

People tend to hang trios of prints or one huge piece in this primo spot, but you can go single and smaller (and cheaper!) if you pick something that resonates with the rest of your room and have it matted dramatically with lots of white space to make it stand out.

Buy: Freely Scribbled Terracotta Art Print, Starting at $18.99 $13.29

Credit: Miki Carter

Lawyer and designer Miki Carter of Plot Twist Interiors is no stranger to Apartment Therapy. We all fell in love with her colorful studio back when she shared it with us, so we knew she’d be just the person to try out our blue colorway of Freely Scribbled. She picked a set of coasters, and they’re right at home on an acrylic side table near her technicolor shag rug and sofa.

If you ever want to incorporate a new patterned piece into your space but aren’t sure it’ll work with the rest of what you have going on, start with small touches. Things like coasters, mugs, and decorative trays are easy to switch up and live with before committing to larger and more expensive pieces like textiles and furniture.

Buy: Freely Scribbled Blue Coasters, $15.00 $12.00

We have a serious case of kitchen envy every time we see blogger Courtney Equall of Girl & Grey’s cook space. From the green cabinetry to the matte black framed windows and wooden range hood, she got all the details in her renovation right. So we’re honored she styled out her open shelving vignette with a black-and-white Freely Scribbled art print. In contrast to Dabito, she chose no matting at all, opting for a full bleed image in a simple black frame. It’s the perfect thing to prop up behind a stack of dishes. And since everything in the room adheres to a limited palette, it doesn’t add anything new or distracting to the mix.

Buy: Freely Scribbled Black & White Art Print, Starting at $18.99 $13.29

And finally, if you are into being a little bit more bold with your pattern play, then feast your eyes on this dreamy monochromatic bed and bedding situation from Katie Zamprioli of Candy Colored Home. Some of you eagle eyes might remember her and this space from her past AT House Tour. But since then, the master bedroom has certainly evolved, and we’re loving the matchy look of her channel tufted velvet bed paired with the Freely Scribbled Duvet in Terracotta. That cute little shell pillow is like the cherry on top. There’s something soft, warm, and even neutral about this peachy pink shade, and the way it all comes together is bright but also visually soothing in its tonality.

Buy: Freely Scribbled Terracotta Duvet Cover, Starting at $99.99 $79.99 for a Twin

If you’ve picked up one of our Freely Scribbled pieces, we’d love to see it in your space! Share a photo with us on Instagram or over email.