There's something alluring about a really beautiful pattern. In life, predictably repetitious behaviour is undeniably comforting. Whether it's a relationship that has an element of timeworn routine or a daily job ritual, some measure of order and rhythm is generally a good thing.
The same is true in home decor. The patterns we use to decorate our living and dining rooms – whether it's a simple herringbone print or ornate damask – create a sense of rhythm and balance.
For a long time, decorative prints seemed to follow a similar pattern, falling into somewhat safe, predictable styles. Ginghams and pretty florals and muted beige or off-white stripes. Now, designers are breaking the mould with bold, unconventional motifs, for people who'd like their prints to suggest a slightly more anarchic way of life.
Here, five fun prints to enliven a room.
In the living room
On the couch
In the bedroom
On the floor
On the desk
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