Shapes and Colors in Home Decor

By Wendy Rose Gould for Modern Muse

The perfect piece of printed, textured decor can transform a space and make you feel as if you’re in a personalized sanctuary far from the bland, impersonal world. From tropical tapestries adorning your wall to patterned pillows, texture-rich bowls, and a rug that adds just enough pizzazz, these additions to your home can make for some seriously Instagrammable spaces.

Play With Color

Who says you must resort to matchy-matchy color schemes when decorating with prints? Try playing with unexpected pairings instead. Pictured here is an unlikely (but pretty!) duo of dusty pink, washed linen curtains from H&M and blue, latticework wallpaper from Anthropologie. The vibrant red and blue rug (which is actually an Urban Outfitters tapestry) and the pink and blue West Elm pillows help tie everything together. Gold accents — by way of an Anthropologie planter and a bar cart from Pottery Barn — provide a polished, finished look.

Layer Textures

Texture creates an instant feeling of depth and dimension. For example, the wild, salmon tassels on this printed Anthropologie pillow look especially interesting against the sleek lines of this mid-century modern chair. You can also introduce organic texture into a room via a potted plant, which becomes even more eye-catching against this smooth, brass planter by Urban Outfitters.

Commit and Go Bold

Big swaths of patterns on your wall and floor make a major statement and demonstrate that you know how to work your patterns like a pro. The key to pulling it off is to create balance within the chaos. These banana leaf curtains from H&M pair well with this black and white rug thanks to the solid-hued couch in a neutral shade between them, which makes the room feel grounded and balanced, as does the streamlined, metallic-finish martini table from West Elm.

Try Subtle Touches

If you subscribe to more of a minimalist mentality when it comes to decorating — or if you prefer to slowly dip your toes into the patterned water — try incorporating subtle instances of pattern. For example, the red and beige woven bowl from Anthropologie feels earthy and neutral while still creating intrigue. Additionally, a stack of books – including the Living With Pattern book, available at Anthropologie– is a quick and easy way to add texture, color and height to a space.