Décor Inspiration: Layering Pattern on Pattern


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Pink sofa inverse pattern

Although Coco Chanel famously advised chic women to edit, sometimes – in fashion as in interiors – more is simply better. So when you have a glorious pattern like a Toile de Jouy, damask or a pretty Chinoiserie in a delectable shade that you love, why not use it on walls and in furnishings alike?

Take your cue from these elegant and well executed examples of how to make it work. It’s generally best to stick to a pattern with just two or three colours so the effect doesn’t end up feeling too busy. You can also use the inverse of a pattern on the furnishings to vary the effect.

Keep the rest of the scheme simple and light to give the pattern ‘room to breathe’. As you will see, the fabric can be used to dress windows and beds, to upholster furniture or in cushions and bed linen.

Although using the same pattern on walls and in furnishings is quite a traditional look often seen in grand country houses, you can also see it used with great panache by modern style setters like Aerin Lauder and Carolina Herrera Báez in their very stylish homes.

Just the gentlest word of caution: Because you love a particular pattern doesn’t necessarily mean it will work. But then just because you love it means that it just might . . .


Harlequin pink Toile via French Elle Deco


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Louise Keane, Contributor This Is Glamorous
Interiors Editor, Edinburgh

Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.