I'm pretty sure I have a split personality disorder because I'm all about soothing, clean, minimalist rooms one minute and the next it's pattern and color all the way. I love loud spaces as much as calm spaces, and sometimes I'm sorry that my husband married a Gemini, because he's never quite sure what he's going to get.
Deep down in my core, I truly believe that you can inject a few bold patterns and prints into any decor without making you go absolutely crazy. The challenge, of course, is keeping a cohesive color palette and letting an in your face pattern take center stage.
I'm currently taken with fabric and wallpaper patterns from Swedish design icon Joseph Frank. So playful and fun, they are just waiting to perk up a tired or dreary looking space. I find this his designs are a fresher and more youthful take on patterns created by his idol, William Morris, whose work I adore as well. All these textiles are printed by hand, mainly in Sweden, on 100 percent cotton or linen. I would love to put a single cacti print cushion on a white slip covered sofa with a solid cushion, in yellow or pink, behind it - you don't need much else since so much is already happening there.
Now moving onto this wallpaper. The bottom left is my absolute favorite, as the flower stems appear to be climbing up and away. I like how the large flowers are in direct contrast to the tiny blue flowers, allowing your eye to really take in the larger florals and their shapes. It would look absolutely lovely in a family friendly entry, especially if it had white painted trim, high ceilings and glossy white painted floors for dramatic effect.
All these are available for online purchase from Svenskt Tenn, an interior design shop in Stockholm, Sweden, or if you live near New York, there is a shop in Tribeca called Just Scandinavian that carries Joseph Frank textiles as well. Canada, I hate to disappoint you, but as always, you can expect to pay hefty shipping fees. However, if you are trade, simply head to Kravet and place orders away to your hearts content.