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Pattern-Filled Bedrooms

Style refuses to hit the snooze button in these striking spaces

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Some homeowners and designers believe the bedroom is a place for total serenity—and that means playing it calm and quiet with color and pattern. Others have an entirely different outlook—since the bedroom is a private space, why not go bold with decorating choices? These rooms show how eye-catching pattern can create a bedroom with plenty of personality.


Photo: Joe Standart / Design: Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez

Pattern goes big in this bedroom, on a large-scale floral wallpaper designed by Ted Taylor. But the space still feels serene, thanks to a palette of muted grays, beiges, and soft blues.


Photo: Rob Cardillo / Design: Mark Drendel

Pairing bold color with pattern gives an entirely different look. Designer Mark Drendel loved this classic red-and-white toile by Pierre Frey so much that he dressed the canopy bed in his Litchfield County, Connecticut, guest house with yard after luxurious yard of it. The same dramatic fabric covers chairs in the adjacent seating area.


Photo: Tria Giovan / Design: Suzanne Kasler

Layers and layers of toile also bring a pattern splash to this bedroom, designed by Suzanne Kasler. It's tranquil, though, with a subdued palette of blue and white. Kasler is a firm believer that more toile means more serenity. With the walls, headboard, bedskirt, pillows, and duvet all covered in a single toile, the space appears seamlessly serene.


Photo: Robert Brantley / Design: Jack Fhillips

Pattern and color are cheery and country-inviting in this guest bedroom, designed by Jack Fhillips. He wrapped walls in a striking, hand-blocked linen fabric, then grounded that floral burst by upholstering furniture pieces in a textured, burlap-like linen; chair backs are covered in a coordinating oversize check.

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