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Style Guide: How to add pattern to your home

Following on from our 'colour your home happy' piece, sharing tips for using colour in your home to boost your mood - this week we are looking at pattern in all its guises - from smart stripes to big bold florals - whether it's a simple scatter cushion or a fully papered room, here are some ideas, and local interiors stockists to inspire...


farrow and ball cheltenham

Florals are making a come-back in the world of interiors, both on wallpaper and fabric. If you're feeling bold, a statement big blousy floral can create drama and opulence in a bedroom, or dining room. Whilst a neutral vintage botanical, like the St. Antoine print from Farrow & Ball above gives a restful feel to a living space. Their Cheltenham showroom is currently closed but they are still delivering online.

Hand-block print


Cirencester-based Vanessa Arbuthnott offer a fantastic made-to-measure service on headboard, blinds, cushions and curtains. There is also usually an at-home design service where the team will come and do a consulation in your home to discuss the best fabrics, wallpapers and furniture for your space. Vanessa's range of hand-printed fabrics are perfect for soft furnishings, allowing you to add a splash of pattern to your home. Her range of furniture is also all hand-built in The Cotswolds, too.

Big and Bold

lewis and wood Stroud

The one room where 'anything goes' when it comes to pattern is the downstairs cloakroom - have a bit of fun and don't be afraid to use a bold print in a small space. Lewis & Wood in Stroud have an amazing range, from ornate Toile de Joile, to swirling marbled paper.

Stripes are a great 'neutral' when it comes to pattern, great for layering with other prints, either in a calm French linen, or a bold candy stripe. Stripes can be a useful print to play with in different proportions - a wide horizontal stripe will make a narrow room feel wider, while a vertical pinstripe will 'lower' a high ceiling, making it feel more cosy. Try Herefordshire-based Tinsmiths online for a great selection of ticking striped fabrics and linens.


ca pietra floor tiles

Tiles are a great way of adding pattern to a home - from traditional Victorian hallway tiles, to fun modern geometric patterns in a bathroom. Devizes-based Ca Pietra offer a beautiful range of natural stone, as well as statement encaustic and terazzo tiles.

(Cover pic credit: Vanessa Arbuthnot)