Recently I wrote a post about How to Make a Busy Sofa Pattern Work for you, and it got me thinking about some of the great sofa patterns out there. I love myself a patterned sofa. They’re fun and really do make a statement. No matter the type or scale, it is almost always noticed by a visitor first, as it is not so common anymore. Here is a list of the popular types, and a little advice to go with each one.
Floral upholstery is pretty self-explanatory. Depending on the scale and colors these type of patterns are ordinarily related to a more traditional, or shabby chic design scheme. You can find a sofa with some real vibrant colors that would look great in a bohemian or eclectic room as well. Color, as always, makes a huge difference when choosing patterns.
Pillows That Work: Floral pillows in a contrasting color, Solids are great in similar hues, plaid (very traditional) and stripes of a smaller or larger scale pattern from the sofa.
KILIM (Ethnic or Tribal)
Kilim is a great example of what people call an ethnic sofa pattern. You can also find something similar in various Bohemian patterns as well. Essentially it consists of intricate patterns and motifs. The colors are generally subdued, although more modern designers are using bolder colors and patterns.
Pillows That Work: Other Kilim, “ethnic” patterns, solids of like colors and tones.
Scale is important here. You can find a stripe in a very large-scale, something small, or something that varies. It is the scale that ordinarily sets the tone for the remaining textiles in the home.
Pillows That Work: Floral, chevron, trellis, stripes of a different scale, modern graphics, bohemian, or really anything in a varying scale from that of your furniture.
This is also known as a lotus or a scroll pattern. It is a repetitive pattern that can be straight, curved, floral inspired or beyond. This is a pattern made popular in a more contemporary setting. It has limited patterns that work with, but there are always options.
Pillows That Work: Floral, stripe, Boho, and solids.
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This is a common pattern in modern decor. You can find something relatively subtle, or highly dramatic. It all depends on your taste. Obviously the more subtle and smaller the scale, the more you can work other patterns in with the furniture.
Pillows That Work: Floral, modern graphics, stripes, and nearly anything with a large-scale.