Wallpaper - Pattern Basics Wallpaper - Pattern Basics

Wallpaper adds visual interest by adding texture, pattern and accent colors to a room. Certain patterns automatically create moods, while other patterns create wonderful, subtle backdrops for carpets, furniture and accessories.

While there are thousands of wallpapers to choose from, all wallpaper patterns fall into one of four basic styles: geometric, large print, small print and overall print.

Geometric patterns include plaids, stripes and grids. Large patterns add excitement and drama while small patterns create a subdued effect. Patterns with strong vertical
lines make ceilings look higher.

Large Prints add the most visual interest to a room. They can also make a room seem smaller and feel more intimate.

Overall Print form tight patterns. The eye blends the design together, minimizing pattern and emphasizing color. Overall prints can be used in any room.

Small Prints add a touch of pattern to the overall background color, forming a subtle backdrop. This type of print is often used in kitchens, bathrooms and other small spaces.

Mix Patterns Like a Pro

Even with all the pre-selected coordinates in today's wallpaper sample books, there will be times when you will want to mix and match on your own. To create your own decorating scheme, keep these two simple pattern points in mind: 1. Color, and 2. Scale. Color should be alike, scale should not.

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