Design Notes from the Barcelona Chair: Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

Patterns are one of the most useful resources for decorators and designers. We use it all the time and we are surrounded by them. Many are so known to us that we are capable of drawing them, just by memory, even although we don’t really know how are they called and where are used.

A pattern is a single visual element that repeats in different elements of your decor to create a desired effect.

Where to use patterns?

There are many elements where patterns are successfully applied…Wallpaper, rugs, cushions, floor, tiles…

Lets name a few:


The classic diagonal checks seen on sweaters. No one know its called Argyle until they see it.

Animal Print:

Tiger stripes, leopard stains. They can be great, but use them carefully, because they are a bold option.


The classic squared black and white pattern of the immortal table game.


A classic “V” pattern that fits perfect in walls and floors. Did you know it was called this way?


Beautiful herald shape, is great in soft tones or refined or feminine spaces. Don’t over use it.

Fleur de lis:

A very classic pattern, today more associated with vintage style. It remember us of table cards games.


The shape or pattern of flowers. Use it carefully, it can be excessive or boring very quickly.

Geometric/ Abstract:

Squares, Circles, Triangles and so on. They are very trendy right now.


Another classic pattern of little squares used exhaustively in blankets and napkins.


Little inclined squares, used in walls and floors. Its nowadays very popular.


An oriental motif, with a vintage or modern view, depending of the finish or presentation of the panel.


Known as bacteria too, this pattern was hugely used and abused in the 1980s. Used with moderation.

Polka Dot:

A fun, dynamic sequence of black points very popular

It’s a matter of taste, of course and balance. Patterns can’t be repeated in excess, because that can be easily overwhelming.

There are a lot of patterns to use in our homes. Is just a matter of judgment and balance.

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