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Pattern and color combinations can be the source of major headaches (or major arguments) for people who aren’t interior designers. It seems like there’s an endless sea of different tastes out there, with some people pushing the “latest trend” and others claiming their individuality with more original decor. Wallpapers, tiles, fabrics, and color combinations are an interior designer’s playground and all help establish the mood and tone of a space. So, they should always be taken carefully into consideration.

Using Color

Color palettes are incredibly important in setting the mood of a room. Do you want your space to look clean and minimalist? Do you want something regal and bold? Figuring this out is the foundation of finding the perfect set of colors to better incorporate other elements that help the room come together.

Watercolor Wallpaper

Some people think wallpaper is a thing of the past, but it’s come a long way since the days of tacky dated prints. Nowadays, it can work wonders on a plain room. Watercolor wallpaper is trendy and can make a room look both vibrant and delicate. So, using soft colors is the way to go for a calm, relaxed atmosphere, and bold colors to communicate vitality and sophistication.

Black and White Tile

Tiles with bold black and white patterns are a gorgeous way to bring energy into a room. Chevron patterned tiles create contrast in a room without much color, and geometric shapes can spice up a dull space. Explore a variety of colors and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Black and Gold

Black and gold is the modern version of black and white, and if it fits well with the rest of your scheme, you should definitely consider implementing this design tactic. Metallic gold accents pop against black furniture and make a room look elegant and luxurious. But the right amount of gold is what will make all the difference. Too much gold will overtake the other colors in the room.Black and Gold

Patterns Well Done

Creating a harmony of patterns can be achieved by carefully combining color, size, and texture. Designers avoid using different patterns that are the same size, but while you don’t have to avoid using multiple colors, make sure they’re at least similar. There are endless patterns out there (chevron, marble, stripes, animal print) that can be used alongside complementary colors to add flair to any room.

Animal Print

Animal print is by far one of the most unique accents to add to a space. Leopard and zebra print jump out at you on throw overs, pillows, bedding or rugs. The goal should be to make the print stand out without making it too obvious, so avoid decking out the entire room in this pattern.

Geometric Shapes

Geometric shapes balance a room with symmetry and go well with bold, solid color walls, or ceilings. Designers use this wallpaper to create a statement wall, which is essentially the eye-catcher of the room; or incorporate it in a more subtle way to highlight interesting furniture.Wallpaper and Colored Ceilings

Marble Mosaic Tile

Marble mosaic tiles, especially in hexagonal shapes, look amazing on shower walls, floors, or as a simple backsplash. White marble makes a room look elegant and clean, while black marble adds drama. These tiles are sometimes cut in an interesting way, which adds a modern edge.

Textured Fabrics

Vibrant fabrics can provide a wonderful pop of color in a room. It’s important to look for fabrics that add texture, like velvet, leather, or faux fur. And of course, mix and match different types of fabric and opt for varying patterns and colors that contrast but still complement each other.Mixing Fabrics


If you need help bringing your vision to life, Jacqueline Downs, interior designer at JDID, has ample experience in turning heads. Specializing in both interior and exterior design for residential and commercial spaces, Jacqueline will help with all your pattern and color combination needs. Connect with Jacqueline for a transformative design experience. And follow her on social for more design inspiration.