Seeing Spots

April 15, 2014
Seeing Spots

It’s no wonder spots are consistently on the design radar, they’re one of the most versatile trends to come about. They can be applied to most décor styles as the scale, colour and layout changes the feel of this trend quite drastically. Large scale spots can be over lapped in pastel colours for a nursery, small polka dots can be repeated in a symmetrical pattern for a delicate feature or a horizontal display of spots can create a fun design that leads your eye down a wall. A more abstract way of designing with spots is to incorporate buttons into your design. Buttons introduce a 3-dimensional spot, think over-sized buttons on cushions or novelty button coat hooks, which bring a touch of depth to your spotty design.

Speaking of Spots

Spots can be used on almost any surface with an array of fabrics, wall paper, wall stickers and art work all available with a spotted pattern. Often used in nurseries, spots can create a softer version of a geometric pattern that can repeated throughout the room in furnishings and even rounded furniture! The versatile nature of spots allows them to have multiple effects given their scale, formation and colour. Hang curtains with large spots for a contemporary cool feel, upholster your favourite chair in a polka dot pattern for a spotted feature piece, tile your bathroom with circular pattern tiles or you can go all out and wallpaper your entrance in a large spot pattern for a bold impact as soon as you walk in the door.

Decorate your babies nursery with a beautiful large polka dot feature wall

Spotted Sophistication

It’s easy to go cutesy when decorating with spots but that doesn't mean you can’t achieve a glamorous look as well. Gold foil spots in a confetti style display, large black spots spaced close together on a white wall or differently toned grey spots can all have a glamorous demeanor. If you’re after a dramatic yet elegant feature, try painting gloss black spots on a matte black wall. The effect is dramatic with a sophisticated twist. Pair your spotted décor with sleek furniture and rich textures to enhance the chic feel.

Sophisticated spot designs

Button Up

Interesting enough, buttons were first designed as decoration on clothing, not actually for a practical reason. It wasn't until 1200 AD that the button hole came about, making them the ideal fastener for the delicate clothing of the wealthy. Buttons are now used on everything from clothing, bags, furniture and décor! However it is easy to fall into the nana category when decorating with buttons. The key to make them chic not shabby is to not over dose your button play. 3 big buttons on a wall make a quirky feature but a lamp covered in buttons screams DIY gone wrong. A symmetrical display of buttons can create a chic look that replicates that original feeling of wealth that buttons bought, an upholstered button back bed head or ottoman is the perfect example. Buttons are a great way to give that spotted look without being too literal.