Principles of Design - Pattern and Texture

 Texture and pattern can bring tactility, depth and interest into a design. Interior Designer Mark Sikes takes texturing to a whole new level, nailing eclectic. But how does Sikes bring in so many different styles, textures, patterns and products and still make a room look cohesive and not overwhelming? Sikes creates harmony by considering three key steps:




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1. Pattern, shape and colour:
Layer fabrics that suit a theme and colour palette like classic blue and white to provide unity overall and to allow different patterns to work well together. Start with a bold, memorable print like the organic flowery pattern shown here and use this print to set the tone and the theme. Bring in a second layer, something geometric maybe like stripes, in the same colour or tone to create contrast. Balance these strong patterns with solid colours to avoid overwhelming the eye.



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2. Scale and size:
Mix up the scale with prints, especially when using stripes on stripes, to ensure that the prints don’t compete with each other.



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3. Texture:
Add contrast and depth to your room by incorporating textures like a natural fiber rug or a handwoven basket. These textures not only make the surrounding patterns pop, they give a tactile quality to the room making it more interactive and enticing.

Never underestimate the importance of texture and pattern. When used effectively, these elements can provide our senses with a rich and unique experience.

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