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A Guide to Using Patterns in your Home

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

This last 12 months has seen an explosion of patterns in our homes. With new contemporary designs, geometrics and retro prints, the passion for a pattern seems to have grown from designers to our high street. One designer that is bucking this trend is fabric and wallpaper designer Sian Elin. I instantly fell in love with Sian's work and even have a couple of pieces in my home. Therefore I felt that Sian was the perfect choice to discuss the subject of patterns. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Sian Ellin Sian Ellin[/caption] Do you think patterns have made a comeback? Yes I think pattern is everywhere now! We went through a phase of neutral and plain colours but as with all design there is a cycle of trends. I think it has been helped by changing digital technology and now pattern and colour has made a comeback in a bold a striking way! What types of patterns are on trend this year? Geometrics remain very popular and you can see how they had made a real impact by becoming mainstream on the high street too, which is interesting to see. Are there any rules of using patterns in your home? I am a true believer in combining all sorts of pattern together, so long as you have a colour scheme. Layering of patterns creates a sophisticated and stylish look. [caption id="attachment_3360" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Bath Riverside - Suna Interior Design Bath Riverside - Suna Interior Design[/caption] Is there anywhere in your home that you wouldn’t use patterns? No! Pattern can be used to varying degrees everywhere! Its just about getting the scale right in the space you have. Which patterns do you think work best together? I really like mixing up my patterns. So I'd put my yellow rosette with my yellow horseshoe arch, grey tress, and grey large horseshoe arch for instance. This is because all the colours work together and so you can mix and match. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Sian Ellin pattern mix Sian Ellin pattern mix[/caption] You design textiles, how do you get your inspiration for the patterns you design. All of my inspiration is drawn from eastern pattern found in architecture. It's mesmerizing and ingenious. The possibilities are endless, so I never really run out of ideas. I like to then combine them with Scandinavian style to arrive at my own unique interpretation. I really love this idea of meshing together styles and ideas. A bit like combining lots of patterns! It creates a sumptuous look and feel. What are your top 3 pattern picks for where you Eat Sleep Live? Eat You should always eat and drink from colourful things. Love these from Royal Copenhagen. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Contrast mug by Royal Copenhagen Contrast mug by Royal Copenhagen[/caption] Sleep I love this geometric base, perfect for a pattern geometric lampshade on a bedside table. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Geo Lampshade[/caption] Live I love this geo rug from Anthropologie, work it with white floor boards and grey walls for a modern and cool look. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="439"]Geo pattened rug Geo patterned rug[/caption] Thank you so much to Sian Elin for taking the time to give us A Guide to Using Patterns in your Home.

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