Before we dive into the ins and outs of pattern, it’s worth stopping for a moment on the subject of texture. Next to colour and light, texture is one of the key elements to consider in any and every room. More specifically, using a variety of textures, because this is one of the things that will make your home feel layered and interesting – and therefore, welcoming.
You’ll probably find, when you first start creating a sample board for your room, or simply as you build it up over time, that you’ll lean towards linens and cottons. That’s completely understandable: they’re excellent fabrics to use on upholstery, cushions and curtains because they’re hardwearing, soft and supple, and because they come in a wide variety of colours. But, even when you choose several different weights, linen and cotton are naturally smooth textiles, so using them exclusively can fall a little flat. Mix in a few pieces in wool, velvet or even leather though, be they cushions or a small piece of upholstery like a footstool or chair, and you’ll instantly have a more dynamic room.
Why are we telling you all this here? Simply as a reminder that, if you’re nervous of pattern, or you’d just like to use it subtly, then including differently textured fabrics (and, indeed, wallcoverings like our Hepworth) will add interest instead.