Hello I’m PatternSpy, a British based undercover interiors fan obsessed with fabrics and wallpapers.

I only write about fabrics and wallpapers I LOVE, so I won’t deluge you with a dizzying amount of choice. I have put together schemes to help you find a look you like, but do always ask for samples before buying as you can’t really get the colour, scale and texture from a screen shot. Remember that all fabrics and paint have been photographed in different lights so in the scheme they may look tonally different. The only way to really tell how they work together is by getting samples and looking at them together yourself before you buy.

I believe that pattern is an essential ingredient in any great room and even a little of something truly great can be the simplest way to transform a room. Remember this site is about editing down the vast amounts of fabric and wallpaper and about inspiration. Play around with different ideas yourself. Mix patterns and texture. Experiment to find a look that suits you.

If you are working to a budget, consider quantities. Curtains generally use more fabric than blinds. A really expensive fabric on a blind, a single chair, a footstool or a few cushions can make as much impact for less money than a volumous pair of curtains. Likewise wallpaper which is a a great and usually more cost effective way to add impact and colour to a room.

A general rule of thumb is to play safe on curtains, as you will have them for years. It is easier and cheaper to replace cushions, repaint the walls or repaper if you want to update the look.

Have fun…… and remember:

  • Pattern and colour can transform a space
  • Too many different types of pattern can be tricky to get to work unless you are an expert; if you are not sure, one hero pattern will do, or start off safe and layer with different patterns and colour as you feel more confident about the look
  • Its better to buy modest amounts of a beautiful, good quality fabric for a blind, cushion or small armchair than to buy large amounts of fabric for curtains and sofas that you can just about tolerate
  • The quickest, least expensive way to add pattern and colour to a room is with wallpaper
  • Dark colours tend to work better in dark rooms than in pale ones
  • Heavy, interlined curtains don’t just look great, they also insulate a room from cold and noise and absorb internal sound
  • Textured fabric, particularly linen and wool, will add a completely new dimension to curtains and upholstery

I hope you enjoy, above all, choose something because you love it.

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