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How to use Pattern in the Home

Pattern moves, and movement has pattern. Consider the effect of the light of the moon over gently rippling water, or the tall grass in a field - undulating in the wind. Naturally occurring patterns are at our very essence.

Impressionist art is an example of pattern creating movement. The brushstrokes in Monet ‘s garden are alive with movement. Mariano Fortuny was the mastermind of pleated fabrics. Clothing tailored from this fabric looked positively liquid due to the pattern of the raised texture.

Pattern gives a room motion. It does not rely on a specific color scheme. In one pattern, there is enough texture to create harmony with any color.

Here are 4 considerations for using textile patterns in your home:

  1. Use pattern to intensify the intimacy of a small room.  Don’t forget – texture is pattern! You need not fill the space with color, use the texture of a fabric as your paint
  2. Take care when choosing fabrics for a room with a definitive furniture style. Let the prominent architectural details guide you.
  3. In large spaces, multiple textures give the illusion of filling the room. If the textures relate to each other, total harmony is achieved. If the upholstery or walls have floral patterns, consider complimenting with the texture of raised stripes.
  4. Do not be afraid to use pattern in a room with art. Art that’s carefully placed to relate via color or scale has the Matisse-like quality of pattern on pattern.

Pattern reflects light. Raised patterns and repeating patterns play with light to give ever-changing effects. This creates motion in a textile.

Fine taylored blanket

Brahms Mount’s Herringbone Throw has movement! The effect is enhanced due to the fact that the weave runs vertically. The pattern is visually enhanced by the addition of color.

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Brahms Mount’s most texturally patterned? That would be our 100% Cotton Rib!

Pattern captures our attention! Get captured by a Brahms Mount!

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