The Power of Adding Pattern: Ideas for Happy Modern Rooms

The Power of Adding Pattern: Ideas for Happy Modern Rooms

Alison Gerber
Nov 6, 2015
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So, you love your Happy Modern home; it's full of bright colors, clean lines, and simple, modern styles. But is everything at your place either plain white or a block of bold color? Time for a little pattern research! What patterns work in a Happy Modern home? And how can we use them with style?

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Bedding from Unison Home

Pattern: Stripes
Use it best: Thin on the bed, thick on the floor/throw blanket, even thicker on the curtains!

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Cruz's Modern Geometric Masterpiece

Pattern: Triangles
Use it best: Go big with a bold triangle-patterned rug, use teeny tiny decals on kids' walls, hang as pennants, tile on kitchen walls, sew into patchwork blankets... who doesn't love triangles? They are great anywhere.

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Laura Blythman's Neon Dream Home

Pattern: Plus sign/Swiss cross
Use it best: Rugs, pillows, wall decals. Use in high contrast color combinations, either black and white or grey and white, as above, for Scandinavian style that blends into Happy Modern with ease.

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Caitlin Wilson via House of Fifty

Pattern: Greek key/Other Greek-inspired tessellating designs
Use it best: Throw pillows, rugs. Be careful not to use these patterns too much; they have a lot of white and, while classy, can leave things a little too cool for a Happy Modern home. Combine pillows like the ones above with other, more whimsical patterns.

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Valerie's Bold New Orleans Home

Pattern: Ikat
Use it best: Ikat is a bohemian pattern that can add texture to modern rooms without adding fuzzy stuff that attracts dust. Use on throws, throw pillows, curtains, rugs... sparingly. Like the Greek patterns above, ikat can get boring if used everywhere. For more inspiration and information, check out The History of Ikat.

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Pattern: Whimsy (any real-life objects made into a pattern)
Use it best: Slathered all over a wall or on a tiny throw pillow—no in-betweens on this one. Whimsical prints are useful companions to other, more geometric patterns.

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Pattern: Harlequin

Use it best: Kids' rooms. For more examples, check out Trend Watch: Harlequin Pattern in Kids Rooms.

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Pattern: Chevron
Use it best: Chevron was once the go-to pattern for modern home dwellers—then it completely saturated the market, and we couldn't bear the sight of it. Now? Could there still be a place for chevron in the Happy Modern home? You tell me!

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