2012 Pattern Trends in Home Decor

by Shelley SmithSeptember 27, 2012

We’ve chatted all about the new trend colors this fall, but have you been noticing all the fun patterns that jumped onto the scene this year too? Here are a few of this years hottest, newest patterns in home decor, and ideas on how you can incorporate them into your space.

2012 Pattern Trends on Home Decor

Modern Floral

This isn’t your grandmother’s flower print with washed out pinks and yellows. We’re seeing bright oranges, reds, deep grays and kelly green. Although still soft and beautiful, the modern floral print is full of shape, movement and the perfect choice in pattern for adding lots of personality and a splash of color into your space. Because this look can turn feminine very quickly, starting with a few accent pillows that help tie in the colors of your room, it can be a great way to create a cohesive look.
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Greek Key

If you’re into more clean-line graphic patterns, then this one is for you. The Greek key design is a decorative border, and sometimes allover pattern, constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. It definitely follows more of a preppy or modern look, but used in the right color, it can lend itself well to contemporary style too.
greek key bedding

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Faux Bois

Faux bois, or false wood refers to the artistic imitation of wood or wood grains in various repeating free formed shapes. I love this trendy new pattern in home decor because it can bring in a natural/earthy element and add a lot of texture to your space. Faux bois in a natural tone is the perfect compromise to a boring, solid color.

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This past year we’ve seen a lot of variations of a new technique for patterns called ikat. Basically it is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles that employs a resist dyeing process similar to tie-dye, so the finished product almost looks smudged or like it’s bled a bit from the natural line. The great thing about this new trend, is that it’s more of a technique than pattern. It can be used on all sorts of different styles of fabrics, from florals to graphics, so finding an ikat treated fabric that works for your individual style is fairly easy.



Originating from Scotland and usually seen in black and white, houndstooth is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes. Used on both larger and smaller scales, this pattern has a more traditional feel, although in the past year, we’ve seen it really come to life! From upholstered chairs to wallpaper, this repetitious pattern is a two-tone beauty. This design is also directional, so it creates a feeling of movement and can give the illusion of a space being larger than it really is.
What do you think? Are these new, trendy patterns too ‘out there’ for you? Or have some of these designs already made their way into your home?

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