Pattern Play: Zigzag Jazzes Up a Kids' Room

We are doing things a little different on Pattern Play today. In past ideabooks, readers have voiced desire in seeing the patterns actually implemented in a room. I love the idea, so let’s use this children’s room as our example.

For children’s chambers, I love to use patterns that are fun and exciting however, may not necessarily be typical kid fabric patterns. This way, the room can endure them for a long time to come even if their favorite characters change each month.

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Here’s how I employed my own rules of thumb to come up with this pattern palette.

1. Decide on a starting print.
For the starting point I used this little zigzag pattern. I liked the scale was smaller compared to the very popluar two-color zigzag we’re seeing a great deal of right now.

2. Build the color palette. The zigzag gave me a very easy method to build the color pattern for the room. I managed to pull black, apple green, raspberry and purple all from this pattern. The other patterns I used in the room, such as the bird and the medallion patterns, don’t have the exact same tones as those in my own twenties, but that is OK. The wall paint wasn’t the exact same tone of cherry. Colors need to organize, but they don’t have been precise. Really using lighter and darker variants of a color may give the room some interest and keep it from feeling too matchy.

3. Vary the design. Since I started using a zigzag, that can be geometric, I wanted to bring a floral and a curved pattern for comparison. The paisleylent softness. The bird-with-leaves pattern and the suzani are updated florals.

4. Vary the size of this pattern. The zigzag is little, the paisley ribbon and circle accent pillow are medium, along with the bird and suzani are big scale. Limit the size of patterns not just provides the room interest but is actually out of necessity. If all of the patterns were the exact same scale, your eye would be in a tizzy not knowing which you focus on.

I also love to include trims sometimes on cushions and curtains. About the zigzag I implemented a faux leather fringe, and on the bird I added a black blouse trim. I loved that made the pillow pop out of the wall.

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Here you can see all of the patterns used in one spot. With this room, I played with not just with patterns but also with feel, including a knitted accent cushion, a green quilted coverlet and a little sheepskin rug.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Home Decor Printing Fabric – KAS Oslo, Amethyst – $39.99

I love this pattern brought in a color the zigzag did not have. The yellow here gave me a method to integrate it in other parts of the room.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Waverly Modern Essentials Fabric – Solar Flare, Onyx/Lilac – $19.99

Suzani prints are great alternatives to traditional floral patterns. They generally bring in a mixture of colors exactly like florals, helping build your color palette. Additionally they may read both masculine and feminine.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Keepsake Calico Fabric, Ziggy Amethyst

This lighter-weight fabric would not operate well in upholstery or some other hardworking use, but at a cushion and bed skirt that it will just fine.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Echo Design™ Marrakesh Duvet Cover – $79.99

The curvy lines of this paisley print comparison quite well against the zigzag.


A is for Alphabet hand-knit cushion from The Creative Gene – $48

Knits may add great texture to a room, and initials or monograms are a great way to convey an individual touch.


Apt. 9 thyme coverlet – $99.99

The pattern on the coverlet adds a subtle feel, and I enjoy it slightly mimics the foliage pattern on the bird printing.


MONALIS fabric

This pattern is no longer accessible, but IKEA conveys a fresh version from precisely the exact same designer. At the moment, it was available in drapery panels, which I could have used if the room did not already have shutters.


Rens Sheepskin, White – $29.99

A soft landing for small ones to snuggle up on.

Jennifer Bishop Design

And there we have it! Many layouts combined with scale, design and color taken into account.

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