7 Elements of Interior Design Series: Part 7 – ‘Pattern’.

In the final part of this 7-part series exploring the elements of interior design, we discuss ‘Pattern’. Developing a basic understanding of the 7 elements of interior design as a real estate photographer assists you in easily identifying the elements (within an interior or exterior space) in which you can work with to create a more visually striking composition.

Pattern is an element that works alongside colour and uses repetitive design typically found in wallpapers, cushions, and other textiles as well as larger physical items such as furniture, rugs, and décor.

An example of linear patters in a rug making the small room feel larger.

Large rooms are more welcoming to patterns, and small rooms may feel visually overwhelming or cluttered with too many patterns.

Pattern can also create the illusion of a room being larger than it is, as vertical lines can make a room seem higher and horizontal lines will add depth to a space. Keep in mind patterns don’t always need to be symmetrical or in the form of lines, for example leopard print is a pattern that is non-symmetrical.

An example of a non-linear pattern used in wallpaper within a living room.

Patterns should enhance the interior design theme of the room. For example for contemporary styles are best created using abstract and geometric prints with a colour palette with a maximum of three different colors in any one pattern.

Patterns used in sofa cushions.

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