It’s no secret that specific eras and styles lean toward plain materials or busy patterns. When we think of more unadorned textiles, we envision California coastal and 80s or 90s modern. As for patterned fabrics, well, the list is endless! Think about Marie Antoinette or more traditional southern styles. Both provide a visual of multiple layers of pattern.
Some may consider this style fussy or overdone, but we appreciate all design styles, old and new!
Trends come and go, but our love of textiles is forever. Whether you’re a fan of large prints or tend to go for pattern-free fabrics, I’m going to give you some ideas of how to work each into your project. Mixing and matching is probably our favorite, but if you’re starting with one, here are a few things to consider…
I couldn’t help but start by talking about pattern because it’s misunderstood as an element in interior design. There’s a strong history connected to pattern-making and can make us nostalgic for another time.
When you visit older family members’ homes, do they have patterns in their upholstery? Some may consider this outdated, but there’s a beauty and history that goes along with this design element.
At one point in time, someone designed that floral motif or diamond pattern. Then we copied it, again and again until we were all a bit overwhelmed. Many people still embrace this design aesthetic, while others prefer a simpler interior style. Many people grew up around many patterns and are afraid to dip their toes into the world of printed upholstery with a fear of looking outdated.
We’re here to do a little myth-busting and show you why you might want to reconsider your stance on pattern.
Pros to using patterned materials for your next DIY project:
Where to use pattern for your next DIY project or home decor refresh:
There’s something so comfortable and soothing to the eye about plain fabric. Somehow it feels cleaner and more zen all at the same time. The beauty in a simple material is that there is still room to have fun selecting the textile material, whether it be cotton, linen, or leather. You can have fun with these options to add personality to your project.
Some of our favorite upholstery projects are those that allow the material to shine through. A plain design on an interesting textile is just as attractive to the eye. Just because your DIY is going to be one color doesn’t mean that it will fall flat. Leather adds texture and shine, while linens add a certain softness.
When it comes to your next home decor project, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Pros to using plain materials for your next DIY:
Where to use plain fabric for your next DIY or home decor refresh:
Suppose you’re probably a fan of both pattern and plain textiles. So how do we bring them together in our space?
Take a look at what you already have at home. Do you currently lean more towards one or the other? Is this a balance you’re happy with?
Having this information will be valuable as you begin to add and make changes to your space. Maintain a balance (or none) that feels right for you and your project!
Ways to blend both plain and pattern textiles:
Were you looking to go 100% plain OR patterned? We love to hear it! Whether you’re a fan of simple, zen spaces or prefer pattern-on-pattern, we hope you follow your inspiration while working on your next project!