Getting Graphic With Your Interiors

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A mixture of pattern and contrasting color makes this interior pop with life
A mixture of pattern and contrasting color makes this interior pop with life (kensingtonbliss.blogspot)

If you are looking for ways to enliven your home, adding graphic designs can help.  Geometric patterns and abstract designs bring an energetic vibe to a space.  You can achieve a mixed pattern design by including several different patterns in varying scales and colors or by using the same pattern throughout in the same variety.  The key to getting graphic with your interiors is to experiment with what you love.

Graphic flame stitch pattern
Graphic flame stitch pattern (thefabuloustimes)

One way to add a graphic touch to your interiors is through wall treatments.  Wallpaper, murals, and even wood panels layered in interesting patterns can give walls dimension and interest.  A modern graphic color block wallpaper can spruce up a drab interior.  Bold shapes work great in small spaces such as a powder room.  Repeat patterns throughout a room to create balance.  Wood panels placed on the diagonal inject interesting dimension.

Bold graphic wallpaper
Bold graphic wallpaper (decoist)
Powder room with bold wall covering
Powder room with bold wall covering (decoist)
Pattern mixing with bold wallpaper
Pattern mixing with bold wallpaper (zuhairah.homeinteriordesign.blogspot)
Unique wall treatment
Unique wall treatment (whatelsemichelle)
Walls and pillows add pizzazz
Walls and pillows add pizzazz (apartmenttherapy)
Graphic wallpaper enhances this space
Graphic wallpaper enhances this space (k2furniture)
The graphic design of the paneling gives interest
The graphic design of the paneling gives interest (bykoket)

Rugs are an easy way to infuse a room with graphic pattern.  Add black and white to a room for contrast and to ground the space.  Place a jazzy patterned rug in a room of solids or mix it in with other patterns.  Take color and shape cues from the rug and balance the space with a mixture of repeated elements.

Bold pattern rugs add flair
Bold pattern rugs add flair (foxnews)
Bold pattern rug adds drama
Bold pattern rug adds drama (Architectural Digest)
Bold rug adds focus to mix of patterns
Bold rug adds focus to mix of patterns (whitestonedesigngroup)
Bold rug balances the pattern play
Bold rug balances the pattern play (cococozy)
Yellow patterned rug adds color and focus
Yellow patterned rug adds color and focus (apartmenttherapy)
Modern rug energizes this pastel room
Modern rug energizes this pastel room (prairieperch.BlogSpot)
Patterns mix for a vibrant look
Patterns mix for a vibrant look (founterior)
Beautiful mixture of pattern and color
Beautiful mixture of pattern and color (home-designing)

Fabrics can have a large impact on a room’s patterned mix.  Upholstery, pillows and window treatments can all be included with various geometric shapes, colors and textures.  See how the fabrics below create balanced and inspiring designs.

Related:
Secrets to Mixing Patterns When Decorating
Vivid patterned fabrics perk up furniture
Vivid patterned fabrics perk up furniture (plumb.co.uk)
Graphic patterns in subtle colors mix well in this bedroom
Graphic patterns in subtle colors mix well in this bedroom (bridgetbearidesigns.blogspot)
Mixture of patterns in same color way equals success
Mixture of patterns in same color way equals success (blog.scoutandnimble)
Beautiful bold patterns perk up this room
Beautiful bold patterns perk up this room (carolinainteriorworks)
Pattern play
Pattern play (247blinds.co.uk)
Bold graphics
Bold graphics (lampsplus)

Getting graphic with your interiors can result in vibrant, lively rooms or very sophisticated and modern spaces.  Take a few risks to establish your own personal mixture.  Start in small places, such as adding pillows to the sofa, placing a new area rug in the room or by upholstering an accent chair in a bold graphic fabric.  Begin with what you love and blend in other graphics until you achieve the look you want.

 

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