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Patchwork Design Ideas in Contemporary Decor

November 5, 2014

Many people associate patchwork mainly with Shabby chic and Country spaces. In the meantime designers successfully apply patchwork ideas in modern interiors and found many new creative ways of using them in contemporary decor.

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It is hard to say who and when exactly invented the patchwork. The earliest examples were found in the Egyptian tombs and also in China around 5000 years ago. Today patchwork is not just textiles. Designers are using the idea of combining blocks of various patterns and sizes to create original and exclusive ornament for wallpapers, tiles, furniture, etc.

DESIGNER FURNITURE

Sofa or chair upholstered in colourful patchwork textiles will inevitably become a focal point in any room. Let it play the chief role and avoid clashing colours and designs which will distract attention and create too much “noise” in a space. Monochromatic  walls in neutral colours will be possible the best choice and become the perfect backdrop for such an eye-catching piece. The rest of the furniture should be calm and minimalistic – give preference to contemporary sleek forms and neutral colours. Dark walls, such as charcoal or grey can be especially effective, highlighting the vibrant and bright colours of patchwork pattern.

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TILES AND WALLPAPER 

One or two wallpapers from the same collection is dull and boring, while combing little blocks with various design and colour is a bold, new and creative approach for decorating your walls. Creating a patchwork wall decor though is not about collecting any wallpaper leftovers from a supermarket and sticking them together. To achieve harmonious and pleasant look you should take in considerations how all these little pieces match with each other. Combining them in a single panel requires skills and certain design experience: you should know how to mix different patterns and colour schemes. To make life easier don’t go for all individual designs: instead, pick 4 or 5 and use them in repetition. Try to match them by colour too: for example the green of background on one paper can be on the other in the form of leaves or decorative ornaments.

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Patchwork tiles – perhaps too much for an entire wall, but for a small surface, such as backsplash or feature wall, can be a wonderful and unconventional choice:

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Another option – putting them on a floor or risers on a staircase:

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HOME TEXTILES

That’s perhaps the most common and traditional way of incorporating patchwork in home decor. Colourful quilts, cushions, carpets will bring life to any space and will make it looking a bit relaxed and hippie.  Add around some natural wood and crispy white for achieving more light, airy look:

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Don’t know why,  but I just fell in love with this amazing curtain made of different lace pieces: so easy to make it yourself and hang somewhere in a boudoir or a little bohemian nook:

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DECORATIVE OBJECTS

Patchwork pattern inspire many designers and artists for creation of beautiful and unique home accessories and objets d’art. Have a look at these amazing pieces, created by talented Armenian artist Anush Khemchyan, which are available in my boutique:

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Talking about patchwork, people are usually divided into two categories: those who love it and those who hate. Which camp is yours? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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13 Comments
November 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

I’m in the “love it” camp, especially these ideas. Stilted-looking “early American” style quilts aren’t my favorite, but I love the more bohemian or “shabby chic” ones. The ideas you’ve shown here are great. And I, too, love that lace patchwork curtain. I’m definitely tucking that idea away! I have lots of bits of lace and small lace curtains left over from our time in France, not enough to do more than one tiny window, so that would be a great way to use them. The items from your boutique are gorgeous, too.

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L'Essenziale
November 6, 2014 at 6:20 am

Hi Susan – glad you liked this ideas! Ahhh that beautiful curtain – we definitely need to make one 🙂 I am thinking about relaxing reading nook on the terrace of our summer house ))

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November 6, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Not a fan of the textiles. While the backsplash isn’t my taste – it is amazing!!! And, I LOVE the kitchen floor.

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L'Essenziale
November 7, 2014 at 5:39 am

Yes, those tiles for a backsplash are absolutely amazing! just dreaming to do it for one of my interior design projects.

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November 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Not my style but interesting to see the different uses.

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November 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

Fab post Anna! I’ve never really considered using patchwork in a contemporary space but I agree it does work well! I think the tiled splashback and floor are my fave applications, but am also loving that upholstery by Jessica Helgerson (I LOVE every single thing that she lays her hands on, she’s so talented I think). Hope you have a lovely weekend and thanks for the inspiration!

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L'Essenziale
November 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

Thank you, Elly! Love Jessica’s works too – indeed, she is very talented – can get lots of inspiration from her))

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November 8, 2014 at 11:51 am

Love the idea for using scraps of wallpaper, to make a patchwork focus wall … and trying to figure out where I could so this as I love bright colors & that would overwhelm.

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L'Essenziale
November 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Hi Tina! well, if the rest of the room is in neutral colours, patchwork will look wonderful as a feature wall… It all depends on its size, perhaps it is better to apply it on a small section of the wall so it doesn’t look very overwhelming but rather like a wall art.

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February 2, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Remodeling right now & was looking for a different flooring or backsplash for the kitchen. Love the gray, black, blue, tan mosiac look in the contemporary kitchen picture with the white cabinets. Do you know where I can purchase this? Thank you!

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February 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Hello! thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a look at this website, there are some similar patchwork designs https://www.wallsandfloors.co.uk/category/moroccan-tiles/

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Deewy
February 3, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Thank you for responding to my email so quickly. I checked out the walls and floors web page that you sent me. gorgeous patchwork designs for the floor can you specifically tell me the name of the other tiles that you used for that picture on your webpage with the contemporary kitchen that I emailed you about yesterday?

February 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

Unfortunately, I am not able to tell exactly the name of this tile! This is not my project, I just found this photo on the web for illustrating my post…

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