Column: Using patterns to create an impact


Whether they are used in tile or hardwood designs, patterns can bring visual excitement and interest into your newest renovation project. An ordinary backsplash or flooring design can be transformed, simply by integrating a pattern into the design. With all of the varieties available on the market, patterns can do just about anything, including add color, form texture or create visual frames. Let’s explore the variety of ways you can use stylish tile and hardwood patterns to transform the look of any space. 

Shape: Mix things up, and try creating a pattern that uses a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, you could install a hardwood-flooring pattern that implements a variety of plank widths. Or you could choose to install a mosaic tile backsplash that uses a combination of rectangles and squares. These types of patterns are especially effective in small areas, because they inventively trick the eye into thinking the space is larger than it actually is.

Direction: Patterns can be created based on the direction you lay your tile or wood plank. Two popular directional patterns are diagonal and herringbone styles. The symmetrical designs of these patterns have a timeless quality to them, which has been the key to their enduring popularity.

Color: If you are looking for a way to brighten up the room, you might want to select a pattern that integrates color into the design. This is a great way throw in a pop of color in a way that won’t appear overwhelming.

Texture: Patterns using a variety of materials can create exciting textures. If used effectively, texture can add dimension and interest to a design.

Borders: Borders and frame patterns can be a fun way to highlight specific features in a room or home. There’s no better way to make something stand out than by installing a frame around it. In the bathroom, you can place a tile border pattern around the shower area or bathroom vanity space. If you are remodeling the kitchen, you could use the same technique to frame the sink or oven range. This type of pattern is a seemingly small touch that adds a distinctive look.

Patterns can be tricky to design effectively. You don’t want to overwhelm the eye with a busy or overly colorful pattern. It might be an excellent idea to advise with a designer before installing a new pattern. A designer can help you sort through options and create a dynamic pattern that updates the entire look and feel of a room.


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