7 Patterns Interior Designers Say You Should Stop Using Now

The perfect space can only be created with an attractive pattern or two, whether on pillows or curtains, a throw rug, or anywhere else! Particularly for the maximalists, more ways are more appealing. Mixing with different designs and colors is encouraged.

It may appear that particular pattern-loving designers have yet to see a pattern they do not like. There are certain styles that designers have grown tired of over time. This is not surprising because fashion trends are constantly evolving and changing. Certain prints quickly become synonymous with a specific moment in the past and then become outdated. What prints aren’t popular with interior designers? We talked to eight experts who revealed the designs they’re willing to give up, at least for now.


It’s better to give brocade pieces in museums and then call it a day. The designer Andi Morse stated that this intricate pattern, which we frequently find on Renaissance furniture, appears “outdated in today’s world.” Why is that? “The pattern seems heavy and old-fashioned,” Morse observed. “There are many that are beautiful, but it’s not my first choice to bring into a space to make it feel fresh and light.”


The primary, fun pattern doesn’t work design Suzan Wemlinger believes it ridiculous. “To me, someone may use circles in a pattern to try and be ‘whimsical,’ but the reality is that it almost looks childish or circus,” she said. She added that the look could be more obnoxious when multiple shades are in the mix. No matter how casual the decor is–circles only work in some situations, Wemlinger noted. “Even a casual room needs a pattern that has a bit of sophistication, and circles just usually don’t cut it.”


Wemlinger considers these patterns to become “overused” in today’s designs. “I personally am all for a good arabesque–a pattern that has been around for centuries–but the modern version that started popping up seven or eight years ago is often a two-color pattern that is usually a base color with a white shape,” she stated. “The pattern of trellis that can be simple lines or an arabesque, has become overdone too. This is dull!” But, Wemlinger said, there’s an effective way to incorporate these patterns into a space. The key is to use less. “Using just a portion of these tired patterns can make a room feel fresh and relevant,” she said.


Oh, chevron! We’re all familiar with having it in our rooms and houses in 2012. However, “it’s become basic and not interesting or exciting anymore,” designer Alice Chiu explained. Designer Adnan Anwar agreed. “I’ve been over chevron for some time now, especially when it’s painted on walls or furniture,” Anwar stated. “There’s something about this that says craftsmanship in a juvenile manner. It could look outdated or cheap quickly. It also appears visually overwhelming, which makes rooms appear smaller.” Designer Maggie Griffin, “Large geometric patterns may begin to appear too much like Hobby Lobby to me. I generally tend to prefer traditional patterns in the home.”

Chiu offered a solution if you need to get more over Chevron but want to find something that matches the style. “I recommend herringbone, which is similar to chevron but has a more modern and inconsistent zig-zag pattern, which is visually more appealing and interesting than an inverted seamless zig-zag pattern seen in chevron,” Chiu said. Also, Anwar acknowledged that chevron-like features can be beautiful in other situations. “I love chevron wood floors and appreciate it in doses like decorative boxes, so it comes down to how you deploy it,” Anwar said.


We saw lots of damask, especially in white and black versions–in the first decade of the 2010s. Although the designer Aleah Carr of Mackenzie Collier Interiors hasn’t completely ruled out, she has some tips to ensure the style looks modern. “This pattern can definitely add a delicate touch to the space if done correctly,” she said. “I’d choose damasks that have more details in them or incorporates a unique design such as flowers or animals. Additionally, using an unusual or contemporary color scheme ensures a timeless style that will not wear out easily.”


The adorable checkered pattern is a classic choice and one we regularly find on clothes. Still, it’s a style that interior designer Dominique Fluker of DBF Interiors advised against when it comes to your home. “While traditional and simplistic, the pattern seems one-dimensional and lacks visual interest, ultimately making the space feel suffocated and stuffy,” she explained.

The designer Emma Thayer agreed. “When it comes to its use on fabrics, a simple check has never made a strong impact on me,” she said. “There are far more interesting plaids to take their place, and a houndstooth, or a varied take on this traditional gingham look are easy substitutes.” This is said, you can argue that there is a reason to consider an exception. “The only place where that checkerboard patterns will always shine is on painted or stone flooring made of wood. If you’re blessed with this timeless design feature Don’t tear it away!”

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