These days, a great-looking floor is within everyone's reach, thanks to three types of easy-to-install tiles: cork, linoleum, and carpet. With just a few basic tools and minimal cutting, you can use these tiles to create a variety of flooring motifs, including bold stripes and abstract houndstooth.
A cheerful pattern, such as gingham, is often used for kitchen curtains, tablecloths, and bedding. But it can also add a casual crispness to furniture such as sofas and chairs. The fabric's clean graphic design makes a room feel cooler -- but keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Instead of reupholstering an entire couch in gingham, try starting with a smaller project, like a footstool.
Pairing patterns in unexpected ways is worth the risk, but be mindful of where you do it in your home. It's easier to live with bold combinations in, say, a guestroom -- people don't have to live there full-time. This wallpaper gives off the impression you are sleeping in a garden. The furnishings are similarly eclectic, including a glossy modern desk with an ikat cushion and a Chippendale chair.
This gingham pattern by Schumacher has oversize checks that are bold rather than sweet. The more contemporary scale of the check allowed for adding florals without the room feeling fuddy-duddy. To keep it interesting, a diverse group of furnishings, including Art Deco chairs and a Gustavian bench, were added.
Searching for a pattern that speaks to you? You can now design your own printed fabric with the help of websites like spoonflower.com. Here, a standard baker's tray is covered in a custom fabric that was designed and ordered from the site. It is now a patterned piece like no other.