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How to wow with statement prints and patterns

We get it—incorporating statement prints and patterns into your home can be daunting. Polka dots or stripes, pretty patterns or showstopping chevrons – it’s a décor minefield. But we promise, with a little insider knowledge, you can mix and layer bold décor like a pro. Because no one said style must be subtle.

The trick to nailing your dream décor scheme is grasping some basic design rules – and then breaking them as you see fit. The first rule? When layering patterns, it’s essential to combine prints in different styles and sizes. But what does this mean in practice?

Let’s say your room’s focal feature is a super-vibrant rug. You could emphasise it with a neutral wall palette, but to really make a statement, you’ll need scaled-down layers of complementary or contrasting patterns – think plush cushions, textured throws and lively wall art.

Confused? Don’t be. Whether you’re a design traditionalist or a décor maverick, our expert tips will help you pair the right patterns, and ultimately, wow, with statement prints and patterns.

How to combine two colours

Before grabbing the paint roller, let’s talk colour combos. Generally, the easiest way to combine two colours is to choose two distinct and complementary hues.

Sounds tricky, right? Don’t worry – with the help of some simple colour theory; it’s a doddle.

How to use a colour wheel for interior design

When choosing your hues with a colour wheel, you can harmonise by picking complementary colours. And in the colour wheel’s case, opposites attract. For example, red and green; yellow and purple; orange and blue, and green and magenta. These high-contrast colour combos will make your scheme pop, whereas adjacent colours – e.g., yellow and orange – harmonise more subtly. 

Once you’ve decided which item or feature you want to emphasise in your space, use bold, complementary colours to set a showstopping backdrop or adjacent shades for a softer contrast.

Patterns and texture

Patterns and texture play a super important role in interior design, and balancing the complementary elements is essential. Let’s start by defining the terms:

What is pattern?

Pattern is the repetition of a graphic motif on a surface – think spots, stripes and chevrons. In our homes, we frequently use patterned fabrics (e.g., a bedspread) and wallpaper to showcase our personality and style.

Essentially, the pattern(s) you choose will create the room’s visual aesthetic, so pick wisely!

What is texture?

Texture is the surface quality of material, whether smooth, bumpy, rough or flat.

When looking at a surface, our perception is influenced by the texture of the adjacent surface. For instance, a high-pile rug will appear more textured when laid on a smooth laminate floor.

Texture, then, adds visual appeal and brings warmth, depth and personality to a space – especially those with monochrome or neutral colour schemes.

How to blend prints, patterns and texture


This laid-back living room knows a thing or two about pattern and texture.

Graphite wall panels contrast with polished wood, soft plush pillows make the sofa oh-so-inviting, while a jazzy statement rug gives the space a hefty dose of pep.

The neutral colour scheme also makes it easy to hit refresh whenever the feeling takes you – a new rug or some funky wall art would totally transform this space!

We think this room may be missing a cute pouffe to store your fave reads and put your feet up, but we’ll leave that decision to you…


Statement prints, patterns and texture are everything in this chic smorgasbord of colour.

Rustic wood and bamboo stand shoulder to shoulder while chunky throws and tassel cushions add warmth and a soft spot to park on the floor!

We’ve got to give extra brownie points for fusing colour and texture, too – just look how the crisp white duvet is softened by textured wood and wicker.

Bright bursts of colour, statement prints and playful wall art complete the look.  

Go big with one pattern


This hyper-modern space offsets a mesmerising statement wall with chic accent chairs and understated lighting. It’s big on pattern, little on furniture.

And while minimalist décor is key (check out that blank wall art), it shouldn’t stifle your creativity.

So don’t be afraid to throw in a high-pile rug, stylish storage trunks or some lush plants to level up your interior. 

Use a single piece of statement print furniture


This chevron headboard proves limited space is no obstacle when incorporating statement print furniture.

The trick is ensuring your statement piece reflects the room’s other colours, so while it stands out, it also harmonises and knits everything together. 

Pair a feature wall with warm fabrics


Contrasting a floral feature wall with brilliant white bricks, this effortlessly cool sitting room epitomises the natural-industrial look.

Accent chairs are swapped for a soft, pastel suite, fleece throw and rustic side table for a subtle statement underscored by mixed textures and fabrics.

Patterns that match your wall art


Coordinating the colours from your favourite painting or wall art creates instant cohesion. 

This Scandi-style sitting room echoes the painting’s cool monochrome shades in its furniture and fixtures. Meanwhile, a simple rug and sleek sideboard top things off. 

Statement cushions


Plush cushions don’t just keep you snug and cosy – they’re brilliant for punctuating a space with personality, too.

A colourful array of cushions instils lightness and fun in this adorable playroom, while a soft, snuggly tassel floor cushion provides respite for tired heads after playtime.

Get playful with polka dot


Often overlooked or resigned to the nursery, polka dots are wonderfully whimsical and bring a touch of playfulness to any grown-up interior. 

Take this elegant boudoir; the headboard features a classic polka dot pattern buffeted by a smaller version for the duvet – remember, mixing and matching pattern size is vital.

What’s more, the polka dot’s muted shades and symmetry allow you to get creative with other colours and textures throughout the room – like the plush chair, rug, and potted plants pictured here.

Ground your space with a statement rug


Feature walls and statement furniture draw immediate attention, but many designers work from the ground up, with the most prominent pattern covering the floor.  

A patterned rug anchors the space in this voguish living room while rich-hued cushions and quirky artwork complement the wooden furniture and chic dressing table.

Snug as a bug in... two rugs?


This uber-cool room pairs two contrasting rugs – in both pattern and shape – to lift its look. Not convinced? Try concealing the rugs with your fingers to reveal their statement-making prowess.

Aside from style, they also bring warmth, texture and visual goodness while offsetting the vivid cobalt blue furniture.

Pair bold wallpaper with a plain rug


Neutral décor and a simple rug elevate this orange statement wall to epic proportions, while funky cacti add a touch of texture and quirkiness. The innovative designers opted for meta wall art to keep things cohesive, reflecting the room’s rich greenery.

How to avoid pattern overload 


Now you know how to wow with statement prints and patterns; we need to talk about pattern overload. 

Unless you’re going for an eclectic look, it’s best to combine a crisp white (or neutral) backdrop with subtle – or not so subtle – pops of colour.

This serene, airy living room does just that, punctuating practicality with pared-back furniture to create a zen-like space. And by swapping the green accents with different coloured items, you could totally transform the room in no time – perfect for that seasonal refresh.  

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