How to use “Pattern” in your home

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: a repeated form or design especially that is used to decorate something

: the regular and repeated way in which something happens or is done

: something that happens in a regular and repeated way”

— Pattern. (n.d.). Retrieved January 10, 2016, from


Unlike texture, which can appear as an overall tone and potentially having three dimensions, a pattern is typically viewed as individual objects repeated on a single, two-dimensional surface. Now, that isn’t to say that if a pattern is so small, or, viewed from a far distance, that it cannot appear to look like a visual texture.

A pattern can be created through your own personal designs (like paint patterns), or, be already incorporated into a finish (like a pattern on a ceramic tile). These can have a great visual interest to space when used appropriately and sparingly.

Pattern can be done along a single or multiple axes. If we take a look at the photo of the ceramic tile above, we can see that each tile has both an array of axis the pattern rotates around in order to get the intricate design, as well as a singular, more linear, path in which the tile is installed on.

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Photo by Liana Mikah on Unsplash

Be careful not to go overboard with too many different patterns, or, excessively bold patterns, these can overpower a space and make it feel busy, small, and cluttered. When designing your home, consider those places where you want a focal point. A small niche in the bathroom would be a great place for the tile you see here to accentuate the room or add a pop of color and interest. However, this may not work so much as the backsplash behind your buffet in the dining room – you will lose sight of the other elements you may want to call attention to (as is the case of these chachkies).


  • What are your favorite patterns you wish you could add to your home? Why haven’t you?
  • What patterns do you already have in your home?
  • Where do you like to have your patterns stand out (walls, floors, fabrics, etc.)

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