Getting Graphic With Your Interiors

A living room with bold, black and white striped walls.

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.

A colorful bedroom with graphic zig-zag patterns on the walls.
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.

A kitchen with colorful triangles on the wall, getting graphic with your interiors.
Bold graphic wallpaper (decoist)
A bathroom with a striking black and white geometric wallpaper.
Powder room with bold wall covering (decoist)
A room with bold graphic trellis wallpaper.
Pattern mixing with bold wallpaper (zuhairah.homeinteriordesign.blogspot)
Getting Graphic With Your Interiors - A living room with a TV on the wall.
Unique wall treatment (whatelsemichelle)
A blue and white bedroom with a bed and a lamp, graphic interiors.
Walls and pillows add pizzazz (apartmenttherapy)
A living room with a bold graphic chevron wallpaper.
Graphic wallpaper enhances this space (k2furniture)
A dining room with a wooden wall, creating a graphic interior.
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.

A living room with graphic couches and a coffee table.
Bold pattern rugs add flair (foxnews)
A home office with framed pictures.
Bold pattern rug adds drama (Architectural Digest)
A living room with a white couch and a colorful rug, getting graphic with your interiors.
Bold rug adds focus to mix of patterns (whitestonedesigngroup)
A modern living room with a TV and a vibrant rug, getting graphic with your interiors.
Bold rug balances the pattern play (cococozy)
A white and yellow living room with a hanging chair, getting graphic with your interiors.
Yellow patterned rug adds color and focus (apartmenttherapy)
A living room with a pink rug.
Modern rug energizes this pastel room (prairieperch.BlogSpot)
A graphic blue and yellow bedroom with a chevron pattern.
Patterns mix for a vibrant look (founterior)
A stylish bedroom with a bed and a bedside table.
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.

Two upholstered chairs in a room with a wooden floor, showcasing graphic interiors.
Vivid patterned fabrics perk up furniture (
A bedroom with graphic striped walls and a bed.
Graphic patterns in subtle colors mix well in this bedroom (bridgetbearidesigns.blogspot)
A living room with bold graphic accents in blue and orange.
Mixture of patterns in same color way equals success (blog.scoutandnimble)
A living room with colorful furniture and a fireplace that gets graphic with your interiors.
Beautiful bold patterns perk up this room (carolinainteriorworks)
A living room with yellow and grey curtains, getting graphic with your interiors.
Pattern play (
A bold red couch brings graphic intensity to a living room.
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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