Home Improvement 101: Prints and Patterns in Home Decor

Article Posted By: Craig Allen

of Senior Editor, The Home Depot Blog

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on The Home Depot blog.

In this installment: prints and patterns in home decor.

Graphic illustrating the faux bois pattern in home decorFaux bois refers to a pattern that mimics the grain of wood. It’s a trendy look that can be found in wallpaper, rugs and home accessories.

A graphic illustrating ticking stripes in home decorThe iconic ticking stripe usually features one stripe flanked by two thinner stripes. It’s often used in more casual interiors and is associated with a French country look.

A graphic illustrating damask patterns in home decorA damask print is comprised of a two-tone color palette featuring this slightly floral design. You can often find damask prints used in table linens, wallpaper and fabrics.

A graphic illustrating toile in home decorA toile, or toile de Jouy, is a pattern that is usually depicted on an ivory or creme background. It features a pastoral theme, traditionally shown in a single color, often black or blue. This pastoral scene is repeated throughout the entire fabric. Toiles originated in Ireland, but are associated with Britain and France as well.

A graphic illustrating the ikat pattern in home decorAn ikat (pronounced E-kat) refers to a pattern in which the colors look as if they’ve bled into the fabric weave. While many ikat patterns aren’t created using the traditional ikat method of weaving together dye-resistant threads, they re-create the same distinctive look.

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