Classic Southern Patterns We Will Always Love
From bold stripes to delicate florals (and everything in between), here are our top five go-to patterns for classic Southern décor.
Chintz is a can’t-miss Southern favorite. There are endless modern styles to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with classic floral chintz patterns like Bowood (shown here, by Colefax and Fowler), Pyne Hollyhock, Carisbrook, Cabbage Rose, and Lucie.
A classic stripe is always a safe bet—it’s typically inexpensive, and can be a chameleon of scale when you’re mixing patterns (go big, small, or anywhere in between—it helps unify the look of a space). Stripes also work beautifully on any surface in a room—from couches and side chairs to roman shades and rugs.
Typically produced using an old-school technique, block prints (like the one featured in this elegant gold paisley canopy) often come in soft paisleys, small-scale repeats, and graphic, modern patterns. The beauty of block printing is that though it often has a delicate, faded look, it can work wonders in even the most modern room.
Dress Up Your Living Room With A DIY Fireplace Mantel
Grab your tool kit! This fun project from Mobile, Alabama-based Checking In With Chelsea is a fantastic upgrade to any living space. Join Chelsea Lipford Wolf as she helps a friend create an inexpensive fireplace mantel using plywood (and, inspires us to build our own!). This clean, shaker-style mantel instantly modernizes a darker room, and Chelsea's even shared step-by-step instructions of how to recreate this DIY in your own home.
Checks are wonderfully versatile. From small-scale gingham to large-scale buffalo prints, a checked pattern can be the right move for the pattern-shy decorator; it can also add some much-needed subtly to a bold, pattern-heavy space. Like plaids and stripes, checks are also great in masculine rooms.
It may sound surprising, but this one makes our list because of the unexpected glamour it can bring to a space, adding a hint of fun and whimsy to both intimate and formal spaces. Go oversized and graphic if you want to make a big impact, or stick with a smaller, tone-on-tone variation for a subtler look.