Lindy Evans from Windemere Interiors says patterns are a fantastic way to express your individual style. "Fabric patterns can be used in so many places and come in so many different styles and textures, the way they are put together will always be completely individual," she says.
Fabrics are used in many different areas in the home, from cushions to rugs, bed linen and curtains, all with the option of patterns. Lindy says these days, home decorating with patterns is much like fashion. "Where once you just had one pattern, today the trend is for multiple, clashing patterns used with confidence. Be courageous and bold with your patterns to express who you are," says Lindy, "there's no end to the spaces you can create."
While clashing and crashing patterns are all the rage, a general rule to stick to is have either a pattern or colour theme throughout. Same pattern in different colours or same colours in different patterns.
The hottest trend of 2012 has been ikat patterns. Ikat is an ancient dyeing technique, similar to tie dyeing and produces an unique and textured look. These have been used on sofas, cushions, quilt covers and even lamp shades. It creates a visual feast for the eyes and can be mixed and matched with other patterns and textures.