How to add trending patterns to your living room

If you are looking for easy, simple ways to refresh the look of your living room on a budget without tearing down walls or making major renovations, adding some trending patterns will certainly do the trick. Here are some fabulous ideas to help you do that without ending up with an eyesore:
Start with familiar patterns:
With a few subtle changes, your living room can look more interesting and up to date with recent decoration trends. 

If you feel a bit nervous about making changes in your home, you can always start with small steps and familiar patterns. For example, opt for liberty and toile prints when choosing new curtains, cushions, and rugs, or when reupholstering your old furniture. These types of prints are very common at the moment, both in fashion and home decoration. They can add a lot of elegance and glamour to any room, with the right choice of colours. Using different shades of the colour, for example, can create an eye-catching contrasting look. Choosing patterns with unexpected, bright colours will add an extra twist to a monochromatic room; such as matching your brown sofas with trendy lemon curry or blue bell curtains and cushions, or adding bright orange floral blinds to a room with predominantly white or ivory furniture.

Keep it simple:
When it comes to patterns, remember to keep it simple. This means whenever you choose bold prints, the rest of the decoration shouldn’t be too busy. Here are some great ideas we have chosen to inspire you:

This vertical, carnival apple and kiwi blinds added a contemporary look to this classic living room.
Blue dotted blinds with gold dotted cushions added a fabulous finish to this brown and gold corner.
Don’t be afraid to use bold patterns when the solid colours dominate in your room.
Remember, if you already chose a bold pattern in a wallpaper, keep the rest of the decoration simple and solid.

Big patterns or small ones?

The size of the patterns can change the entire look of your room and make it feel more spacious. The rule of a thumb is always use small patterns in small rooms, and big patterns in big rooms. However, your choice of patterns can also be affected by the amount of furniture in your room. For example, a crowded room may require smaller patterns, while a less crowded one can handle bigger patterns.

Patterned or solid curtains?

Choosing the right colour, fabric, and pattern of your new curtains can play a big role in complementing the new decoration style of your living room. Choose right to give your room even more spectacular and contemporary look.

Here is a simple guide to help you choose the right curtains:

If you already have patterned furniture or wallpapers in your room, avoid choosing patterned curtains and opt for solid ones to provide the necessary balance in your room. If solid colours dominate, you can easily choose bold patterns and graphic prints that go with the existing colours of your decoration.

Here is a quick guide to the top favourite colours for home design in Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 in London, according to colour experts at

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