DesignerSpeak: Stop Using These 7 Patterns In Your Home

Last updated on May 5th, 2023

Patterns are glorious. They bring joy to your space and add dimension. But in your enthusiasm, it’s easy to go overboard with overused patterns. While some pattern trends are perineal, there are others that lose their charm before the season is out.

So, what do you do in these cases? And which patterns should you avoid in your home design? Have no fear. Here’s a list of patterns that are best avoided when you are decorating your home. Let’s dive in.

Pattern One: The Not-so-Charming Brocade

Brocade patterns are reminiscent of the Victorian era with their over-the-top glitter and style. Granted, brocade was popular a few decades back, it has had its moment in the sun and is best left alone.

Our take?

Brocade can overwhelm your space. If you must use it, try subdued brocade patterns on your easy chair to add dimension.

Pattern Two: Chevron

Chevron still has quite a fan following. Interior designers tend to shy away from this pattern as it has been around for a while now and has a hobby kit vibe. This is especially true for chevron in high-contrast patterns that cover large areas.

Our take?

Chevron has its charming moments. And it’s all about how you use it and where you use it. Cushions in chevron pattern are a perfect tool to add style to your décor. If you are a stickler for trends and still like the chevron look, switch to herringbone patterns in your home décor.

Pattern Three: The Polka Dot

Polka dots are trending. And yet, they are a thumbs-down pattern in the world of professional designers. These playful elements are good for the nursery or your crockery but can be annoying on the furniture after a while. And, this pattern can drive you ‘dotty’ when it is used in abundance.

Our take?

With everyone going for a polka-dot theme, it is best to try other interesting patterns instead. But hey, if you want to get on to the polka dot bandwagon, indulge yourself with a few dotted cushions.

Pattern Four: Animal Prints

Design pandits will tell you that animal prints grab attention and do nothing for the rest of the elements in the room. This loud style statement is best avoided. However, if you have a liking for animal prints, introduce a couple of cushions to the mix for interest rather than letting the print take over the couch or the flooring.

Our take?

It’s best to give animal patterns a pass; especially if you have floral patterns too.

Pattern Five: Damask 

Damask is outdated and best avoided. There are many other interesting floral prints and styles that can give a better look to your room.

Our take?

We must agree that you can do a lot better with other prints for a vintage vibe. And remember, too much damask can be disastrous.

Pattern Six: Gingham

Gingham is reminiscent of the 60s and the 70s and was a favorite for toddlers and teens alike. Over the years, gingham morphed into a style statement for home décor too. This simplistic pattern has its charm but lacks dimension and can get boring.

Our take?

If you want to use it in your home, try gingham cafeteria curtains for your kitchen.

Pattern Seven: Checker Board Print

The jury is out on this one. While some interior designers vouch for the charm of checkerboard flooring, there are others who are not impressed.

Our take?

If at all you opt for a checkerboard pattern on your cushions or your flooring, make sure you use it in small areas, as this pattern can get overwhelming when used in large areas.

Summing Up

Getting the perfect balance of patterns and colors can get tricky. To get it right, you may want to consult a professional. And what better place than to help you decide on the best patterns for your home? Log in today and find out more.