Patterns in Small Spaces

Friday Finds: How to Play with Patterns in Small Spaces

It might seem counterintuitive—but if you have a small space, pattern can actually make it come alive and seem bigger, not smaller and cluttered as you might expect. Using patterns in small spaces can offer you a chance to show your personality and take risks. Since it’s a small space, it’s less of an investment in time and materials.

Let’s take a look at how you can play with patterns in small spaces to add pizzazz to your home.

  • Incorporate wall coverings.

Today’s wall coverings are nothing like the wallpaper from back in the day. New versions are like pieces of art with amazing colors and design. You can use wall coverings with bold patterns on an accent wall to give a small space an artistic feel or unexpected feel of luxury.


House of Turquoise Thibaut
House of Turquoise
  • Play with Paint.

When I was a teenager, my sister and I repainted our room bright blue with various shapes on it—I remember tracing records for circles! That might not be a great idea today, but you can paint in patterns to create visual pop, from lines to swirls and other creative patterns.

  • Balance patterns.

If you’re not sure how to get started playing with patterns, you can begin by choosing one bold, patterned accent piece. For example, in a small bedroom boldly patterned bedding can be balanced by choosing solid pillows and throws—or vice versa.

Eclectic Bedroom by Sandy Media & Bloggers Michelle Hinckley
J & G Design | Wall color is Benjamin Moore 2050-70 Blue Bonnet

When you want to add new life to a small space, think about playing with patterns. Whether they’re added with paint, wall coverings, or textiles, pattern is a great way to renew your small space and add some pizzazz to your home.

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