Adding Pattern To Your Kitchen? Here Is Some Expert Advice - The Gloss Magazine

Adding Pattern To Your Kitchen? Here Is Some Expert Advice

From stripes to chequerboard tiles, pretty floral patterns to classic herringbone floors – here are the definite dos when incorporating pattern in your kitchen 

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The trick to using pattern? Less is more. If your kitchen walls and cabinetry are plain and neutral then using some astutely chosen pattern in your space will complement the overall scheme. Pattern can liven up your space in a major way, depending on the pattern, it can make the space seem bigger and most importantly, it will add personality, charm and life to your kitchen.?The most common use of patterned tiles is on the splashback. Other great ways to incorporate pattern? With flooring, a rug or wallpaper. Scroll for pattern inspiration …

Image; ‘Life is a Banquet Stripe’ Wallpaper by Lingua Franca – Peach and Rust


Stripes are a definite do when it comes to introducing pattern in your kitchen. Luxury interiors expert and co-founder of OKA, Sue Jones, has been using stripes successfully for years. They make the space feel bigger,?she says. “Stripes can help to create the illusion of a larger space. The pattern naturally draws the eye and gives the impression of an object or room appearing taller, wider or longer.”
Choose stripes that don’t date, she advises.?Although stripes are a timeless pattern, you need to pay careful consideration to the types of stripes and the colours you use – to make sure they age well. “If you’re looking to create a classic aesthetic that won’t date, stick to either muted, neutral palettes or traditional bold colours, like reds, greens, whites and blues. These colours stand the test of time and will remain stylish.”
Use neutral colours?If you tend to play it safe with your interior aesthetic and have chosen a neutral colour palette, stripes are a good option for jazzing it up a little.?Jones shares: “Neutral spaces are by no means a bad thing, but sometimes you may decide that you want to refresh the aesthetic or add something new to the room that adds a little more vibrancy. For this purpose, stripes work very well.”
Don’t let stripes take over?As versatile as stripes are, avoid overdoing them in a single space.?“Be selective in where you use stripes and make sure you’re not letting the pattern carry over from the walls to multiple pieces of furniture. Be consistent with your choice of stripes. Consider sticking to either horizontal or vertical stripes and avoid combining the two. You should also choose a single colour palette for to avoid a jarring aesthetic.”


You may not think it, but two contrasting patterns can balance each other out in a charming way. In this kitchen, the splashback of organic-patterned tiles, and the floor, which features a geometric play on chequerboard tiles, create a harmony of pattern and fun. Importantly, each has a green element, which is echoed in the green cabinetry.? @velvetart7_


This kitchen demonstrates that multiple patterns incorporated in the same space can make it a feast for the eyes. Incorporating a geometric pattern on a wooden insert in the centre of the main cabinetry centres the room. Including stripes on the wall above the sideboard makes the room look bigger by creating an illusion of a deeper space on top of the sideboard.


In this long, narrow kitchen, the punchy chequerboard tiles on the floor, paired with the busy organic shapes in the floral wallpaper, create a very happy pattern balance. The combination of the two patterns adds life to the room and makes it seem bigger. The homeowner was replacing her 40-year-old kitchen and wanted to be bold with colour and pattern – while maintaining a traditional feel. An art lover, keen knitter and baker, her creativity is reflected in her kitchen.


This kitchen is the vision of very creative homeowner, novelist Huma Qureshi, author of the acclaimed?Things We Do Not Tell The People We Love?who worked with Astrain Scheldt Architects to renovate her 1960s family home. The clever use of baby pink chequerboard tiles adds depth to the kitchen and keeps the overall aesthetic light and fun. The terrazzo floor, arched doorways, tiles and colours make this kitchen feel like a


A herringbone floor is a great way to incorporate subtle, classic pattern into your kitchen. In this ultra-modern kitchen with Siemens appliances, an elegant, engineered hardwood herringbone floor is the only nod to pattern, and it works beautifully to offset the clean lines of the cabinets and appliances.

TC Matthews, experts in flooring, can also help you get the herringbone flooring you desire. Book a consultation here or visit their store at 20 Lower Kilmacud Road, Dublin?.


Add unique charm to your kitchen with a cosy patterned rug underfoot. This vintage rug in a seaside house enhances the home’s individuality and warmth.?A rug can say a lot about you – choose wisely!

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