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Ways to Use Patterns in Your Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Many designers use different elements to help create a well-balanced and aesthetically-pleasing space. While the design may seem to be somewhat subjective, these elements can help create some backbone to the science of creating your design. For instance, designers try to incorporate lines, space, forms, light, colors, textures, and patterns. In particular, using patterns in your home is a great way to create a uniformed atmosphere. Patterns are used to visually connect non-similar items and allow them to communicate with one another. Repetition can draw attention and add a dramatic effect; however, there is more to patterns than just buying a polka dot throw pillow. To help, here are some great ways to use the element of patterns in your home:

Herringbone

Traditionally, we install flooring all running the same direction. For example, consider plank flooring systems; they may run all long ways down a hallway. However, some hardwood floors, tiles, and vinyl planks can be installed in a herringbone pattern. This pattern is when every other board is facing a 90-degree angle from its adjacent board. It can help create a very visually-encapsulating design on your floors.

Textiles

Your textiles are another area to add patterns. Think of two striped throw pillows laying on a bed. These two throw pillows can complement one another. However, now envision having curtains with the same striped patterns on them. This now takes two separate areas of the room and allows them to communicate and complement one another. You can go a step further and add a rug to the room with the same stripes to help create a very well-balanced and uniform space.

Curvature of Furniture

With all of that being said, patterns do not need to be just polka dots, stripes, or repetition in geometrical shapes. The curvature of your furniture is another opportunity to create a pattern. If you have very square and boxy furniture, they can complement each other. Likewise, if you put round and curved furniture in a room, you should add more curvature to the design. A room with a circle window, circle table, and curved sectional will visually complement each other.

Artwork

Your artwork can also create patterns in unique ways. While placing a patterned picture on the wall is the easy way to create this, you can go a more advanced route. Consider their image in the picture. Perhaps, you have artwork or a garden. Now, if you add floral print pillows and curtains to your room, your picture will still flow with the pattern.

There are thousands of ways to explore patterns. Think outside the box and do not neglect this powerful tool when creating your home design. What are some of your favorite patterns to use? Let us know below in the comment section.

Classic Mosaic Floor Tile Patterns

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Ceramic / Porcelain Tile

If you’re designing a classic bathroom to mirror any era from Victorian to Art Deco, chances are you’ll end up considering a mosaic tile floor. Mosaics were used primarily as flooring in these older bathrooms simply because the floors weren’t even enough to support a larger tile without producing cracks. There are many different classic mosaic tile patterns available, each in a wide range of colors. Learn more about them to make a better decision for your bathroom flooring.

Basketweave Pattern

The basketweave pattern is one of the more decorative patterns, particularly when used with a very bright or colorful dot. The pattern is made up of rectangular tiles, often 1- by 2-inches in size with a very small 3/8-inch “dot” lined up with each of the four corners of the rectangles. The result makes it look as though the rectangles are weaving themselves in and out of the floor. The colors of this pattern can vary, but primarily the rectangle is white; the dot can be black, cobalt, white, or cream and still fit in with the classic design.

Oct-and-Dot

The oct-and-dot or octagon-and-dot pattern is made up of two sizes and colors of tile like the basketweave. A larger, often 2-inch octagon tile in white with a ½-inch or 5/8-inch dot in a contrasting color like black or cobalt. This pattern works the best when the white tile is matte in finish to make the polished dot stand out further.

Hexagon

Hexagon tile patterns come in many different forms. You have one size and shape of tile throughout the floor, but with the potential for many different color patterns. The floors can be a solid color such as white or black, they may be a checkerboard of white and black or they may have a flower pattern with a mixture of white or light background tile with a color tile forming circles on the floor. The hexagons can come in several sizes from ½-inch up to 3-inches in size.

Penny Tiles

The most fun option among the classic mosaics is the penny tile. Measuring about ½-inch in size, these perfectly round tiles come in a wide variety of colors and sometimes color blends. It isn’t uncommon to find these tiles in a bold cobalt or seafoam green to brighten up a bathroom floor.

Trending Prints: Cowhide

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

3123354_SAlong with classic animal prints like zebra and leopard, cowhide is a big trend in the design world. You can find cowhide rugs, cowhide being used on furniture and cowhide covered accessories.  This love of cowhide extends beyond lodge and country styles into sleek contemporary spaces as well as traditional rooms.

This chair with its cowhide upholstery is a great example of how cowhide is crossing over from country into a wide range of styles. The more modern styled chair gets a twist with the black and white cowhide on the back and brown leather seat.  Mixing up styles between the form and upholstery is a great way to make a piece of furniture feel more modern and now.

Cowhide rugs are as popular as zebra skin rugs were a few years ago. The classic cowhide rug is typically in the original organic shape. We’ve seen cowhide rugs that are made of squares or patchwork of smaller pieces of hide. These rugs have a quilt or mosaic look to them. Cowhide rugs are durable but are best not used in wet or very high traffic areas because of their organic quality.

The variation in color and pattern in cowhides means it can be a bold pattern or even a solid color. Brown, white, black and cream are common colors for cowhide. This variation allows cowhide to work with so many styles and forms.  Pillows, like the one here, are a great way to add a bit of the cowhide trend to your living room or bedroom.

Design Element: Animal Print

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Area Rugs, Design and Decorating

366606_S“Lions and tigers and bears… oh my.” In the design world this quote is more aptly put “leopards and zebras and cows.”  Animal prints have been longstanding design elements that have become classic patterns. As with any pattern or design, these patterns come in and out of fashion.  Cowhide, zebra and leopard seem to take turns being the “it” pattern when it comes to both fashion and design.

What makes these patterns real classics is that when used in small doses, they can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces. A zebra skin rug, the darling of shelter magazines a few years ago, is a much stronger design statement than a needlepoint pillow in a zebra pattern. Playing with size and scale can make these animal prints feel bold or refined. Where they are used also affects the power of their impact.  A pillow or rug in animal print becomes an accent. A sofa or wall covered in animal print is more of a statement. When working with animal prints it is all a matter of scale.

This black and white living room is centered by a classic zebra skin rug. Unlike many other African animals, zebras are not endangered. The rug’s bold pattern is the only pattern in the room so the eye is drawn to it. Using only black and white furniture creates a strong graphic look to the room that feels very contemporary. If you paired a zebra rug or cowhide rug with more traditional furnishings you would achieve a very different result.