From a curved ceiling to a living room rug, this LA interior designer's clever home design ideas make using patterns way less intimidating.

By Tamara Kraus
Updated July 30, 2018
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Want to emphasize a uniquely-shaped space? Cover it in a standout wallpaper, like this floral one that Haley used in the nursery to make it the star of the overall neutral bedroom. "As I chose other pieces for the nursery, I always made sure it didn't compete or overpower the wallpaper," says Weidenbaum. However, sprinkling in a few pops of colorful accessories is definitely welcomed.
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If you're intimidated by patterns, you're not alone. Here's the secret: Patterns don't have to be as bold or daring as you think to do the trick. We recently got a peek at Los Angeles interior designer Haley Weidenbaum's latest home renovation project, where she schools us in the modern way to do patterns at home. The Hompolish designer decked out her sister's gorgeous West Hollywood home. The house features 1937 architecture, which allowed for some creative pattern play in unexpected spots. While the home is fairly neutral, Weidenbaum added playful touches in the dining nook, nursery, and living space. Here are her home design tips that will completely change how you think about incorporating patterns.

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Home Design Idea 1: Iconic Wallpaper in the Breakfast Nook

"The kitchen nook is always a great place to splurge on pattern," says Weidenbaum. "Sometimes committing to a pattern in your bedroom or living room can feel daring but in a small area like a kitchen nook or a powder bathroom, you can't go wrong." Stick to an iconic, classic wallpaper like this fun tropical palm print so you know you won't have second thoughts after you place it on the walls.

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Home Design Idea 2: Patterned Rug

Not big on bold designs? Opt for a neutral pattern like in this spacious room. "This rug has a stone-like pattern but is subtle in color, so it serves as an anchor for the room and pops against dark floors," says Weidenbaum. The key to this design is combining two different elements: A pattern with light hues and a solid fabric. "I then paired it with a velvet hunter green sofa, which paired beautifully with the light colored rug."

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Home Design Idea: Wallpaper on a Curved Ceiling

Want to emphasize a uniquely-shaped space? Cover it in a standout wallpaper, like this floral one that Haley used in the nursery to make it the star of the overall neutral bedroom. "As I chose other pieces for the nursery, I always made sure it didn't compete or overpower the wallpaper," says Weidenbaum. However, sprinkling in a few pops of colorful accessories is definitely welcomed.