Make Patterns Work For You in Your Living Room

When it comes to the world of fashion, people don’t hesitate at all about mixing patterns on their clothes. With decorating however, it seems to make even the boldest of home owners shy away.

Have you ever walked into someone else’s house or opened a magazine and seen a fantastic bold pattern taking up a whole wall in a room, or covering a floor in the form of a beautiful rug? Well, now it’s time to take the leap of pattern passion and we are here to show you how:


The walls of your living room are obviously the easiest place to make an impact on your décor when adding style and colour.

Pattern Wall

It can often be too much to cover every wall in a bold pattern, but one or two works really well. The easiest way to do it is with wallpaper. You can find tonnes of different designs and patterns that will transform your walls before your very eyes, but if you are feeling very brave, you can always take to a paint brush and create your own.


If you would rather present your living room as a plain background with bold furnishings, then the simplest way to do this is with sofas and chairs. Fabric sofas come in a range of colours and patterns, and once you have a sofa, it is fairly easy to get it re-covered with a material, and therefore pattern, of your choice.

Fabric sofas

You can make the impact as big or small as you like, by using a chair or small sofa, or even make a larger statement using a corner sofa from Hello Sofas to provide a bolder impact. If you want to see how patterns will look before committing to them, you could always buy a throw or simply drape your furnishings in a fabric sample which displays the pattern of your choice.


A great way to inject a bit of zest into your living room is to keep your walls and furnishing simple, yet elegant and bring your floor to life.

pattern carpet

You could choose to have a carpet fitted and cover your entire floor with a bold yet sophisticated pattern, or you could just buy a rug to add a more subtle hint of pizazz. Either way, it may be an easy and simple way to bring patterns into your room without all the painting or furniture covering.


If you are looking for an altogether more gentle way to introduce patterns into the room, then you could buy cushions to keep on your sofa, or a table cloth for your table. You can get some lovely mirrors and picture frames with patterned borders, or even buy a few nice bold vases to keep some fresh flowers in.


  • Try not to use more than two bold patterns in one room
  • Use dark bold colours to make your room feel dramatic
  • Don’t be scared! Everything can be undone if you decide you don’t like the final result