Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Popular and Trendy Patterns

There are so many great patterns out there being used, but do you really know their names? When trying to decorate yourself, it is important to know these patterns, plus learn some new ones that you may have not heard of before! These specific patterns tend to be the most popular and used the most. I LOVE every one of these. Plus, some of these patterns are easy to mix together in order to create new looks! Patterns are fun :) Plus, here are some helpful hints when decorating with these patterns.



Argyle
Usually used as knitwear of socks and sweaters, Argyle is also used as a popular decorative pattern. Best to be used as a large, bold print, possibly as a painted wall or wallpaper. Also looks good as tile work in a bathroom or stonework on a patio.


Basket Weave
Mostly used as a small pattern with a solid color, such as with draperies or furniture fabric. It is a very strong weave, which is why it is mostly used on fabrics that need to be durable and thick.

Checkered
Sometimes using a checkered pattern is risky. To me, it is very bold and busy, because of the two distinct colors. However, if done correctly it makes a very nice tile flooring, and when used on pillows it can soften a space.


Chevron
By far, the most popular pattern everywhere right now. It really is a fun pattern, and looks good with any color, even coordinating colors. The good thing about chevron is that the pattern looks good anywhere; walls, pillows, fabrics, furniture, etc.

Damask
Definitely more of a formal pattern, it seems to be most popular in the simple black and white print. Looks good in a large print or medium size print; if it gets too small it gets smushed together and too busy.



Fleur de Lis
Made up of 3 sword shaped petals on the top and bottom known as a stylized lilly. Its meaning behind the symbol comes from a variety of places and meanings, but it most associated with wealth and royalty. Used a lot in architecture as well as interior motifs.

Floral
The always popular Floral pattern can be used in any way and with any colors. I prefer colorful when it comes to florals because it brings out the original colors of the flowers which the pattern comes from. Such a classic pattern you cannot go wrong with.

Fret
A geometric pattern associated with Greek symbols and architecture. Also known as the Greek Key pattern. Often used for border designs.




Houndstooth
Originally a Scottish pattern used on kilts, it is mostly popular with fashion design. However, I love the Houndstooth pattern on pillows or throws. 


Ikat 
I LOVE the Ikat pattern! This pattern looks really good in a larger print so you can really see the pattern. If you're bold enough, this pattern looks great on accent chairs or walls. For a more subtle look, use on bedding, pillows, or rugs. 

Moroccan 
A geometric pattern that, in my opinion, is a classier pattern. Looks great pretty much anywhere, large or small pattern. I really want to do this on a wall in a monochromatic color palette. 

Ogee 
An onion shaped motif that is a repeating pattern. This is more a a fun and whimsical pattern that I like in a colorful color palette. 


Paisley
More of a western themed pattern, known for being used on bandanas. I personally have this pattern on my rug in my kitchen. It looks really good in a large pattern, and is a mix of neutrals and colors. Love it. Very whimsical, have fun with this pattern!

Plaid
The ever popular plaid pattern will never go out of style. Very simple, but can be dressed up. I currently have plaid pillows in my living room. They are very fun because they're in a turquoise and yellow and gray palette. 


Polkadot
The best thing about the polkadot is that it can be used anywhere, and on anything. Use small or large, although I prefer the larger print....in bold places. 


Quatrefoil
Almost the opposite of the moroccan pattern. I love this pattern, especially on draperies. It really dress up anything in the room.


Scroll 
Subtle, yet pretty...sophisticated maybe? Regardless, another timeless pattern you can't go wrong with. 



Stripes
Pretty self explanatory really. A classic pattern, but should more than likely be used vertically instead of horizontal. 







Toile
 Pronounced like "twall". Toile depicts s fairly complex scene in a repeated pattern. Usually in monochromatic colors like red, blue or black and white. Very popular with English or French designs. 




Sorry for the long post, but these patterns are some of the most popular being used in design right now. The best part is that these patterns can be cooridinated with each other when they are similar color palettes. 

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