When redecorating interiors, be it homes, offices, or just a space, most of us would gravitate towards the safer option — solid colours that are neutral and easy to pair with furniture and furnishings. Rarely does one venture out of the ordinary as it might seem like a daunting proposition. While plain and solid colours are fine, they can be boring as time passes. This is particularly so in commercial spaces that customers frequent.

One of our favourite ways to spice things up is by introducing patterns that complement and elevate your space. It may seem challenging, but here are some tips for you to add patterns that will not feel out of place!


Little Hugh café in Melbourne, Australia by Biasol: Design Studio

The easiest colour to mix and match is white. White goes with any other colour and pattern as it is neutral and clean. It can also create a nice contrast in the room and accentuate your added patterns. Whether you’re going for a Scandinavian themed restaurant or a contemporary cafe, having white furniture or accents will easily provide a neutral balance to your space, shifting the focus to the patterns you add, be it curves, polka dots or zigzags.


HaiDiLao Restaurant interior by Beleco Design

Whenever you’re choosing patterns to match and use in different sizes, always keep in mind how it will affect the way your space looks. This design approach should only be used if the colours of your patterns and elements are of the same colour palette. An example would be having blue polka dot cushions to match the painting on your wall while also matching the blue vase on your side table. A blue curvy patterned rug would also match the other blue items in your space in this case. So, take your time and don’t be afraid to see what works!


La Sastrería Restaurant designed by Masquespacio

If you already have a pattern in mind, then go for it and don’t look back. Having one pattern in many colours is also a simple way to add some spice to your space. However, the harder part would be having the colours complement each other so that they don’t clash and create an eyesore instead. Also, keep in mind that the colours of your pattern would still need to match the colour of your room so that it does not look out of place.


Pattern wall design for Lagarto Café by Erika Vrdoljakova

If you’re finding it hard to match the aesthetics of your space to the patterns you have on hand, then why not do it the other way round? Look for inspiration from the patterns you have then pair complementary colours and furniture to it. You can also look for ideas through our extensive portfolio to save you time and effort.


At the end of the day, it is all about balance. Having too many patterns in one small space might make it look gaudy. On the other hand, if you only have a small piece of the pattern you like in the room, then it would be drowned by the rest of the accent features and furniture you have. The use of complementary colours should also be taken into consideration so that it matches the items you have in the space. Remember that everything in your space has their own function and contributes to the look you’re going for.

If you’re looking for more inspiration or simply need help with your pattern and colour selections, get in touch with us for a complimentary consultation here. Our onestop team will gladly guide you in your decisions for your space!

25 May 2021