Prints and patterns have decorated some of the most lavish and contemporary homes around the world. While it takes a strong personality to be bold enough to mix different prints together into the home, it can be as easy as introducing small splashes of colourful motifs into a corner in the living room.

This creative approach has been around since the early days of the Renaissance when patterns were literally hand-painted onto gilded walls and ceilings. Today, we find all sorts of prints and patterns in various materials and textures — from ceramics to wallpaper, embroidered silk to digitally printed fabrics.

Internationally acclaimed bespoke pattern expert, de Gournay, employs artisans to hand-paint beautiful leitmotifs of flowers, scenery and animals – continuing the 18th century artistry of hand-painted wallpapers. In Malaysia, Lisette Scheers of Nala Designs uses hand-drawn patterns (inspired by diverse Malaysian culture) in everything from clothing to porcelain, curtains to wall coverings and rugs. Dubbed the ‘Queen of Patterns’, Scheers believes that prints have the ability to enliven a space with character and exuberance.

One of many de Gournay’s hand-painted fabrics.

When it comes to putting prints and patterns together, a simple rule is to find the right balance. Keep the colours cohesive or the exact opposite – let the patterns clash intentionally. If you’re not confident with mixing patterns, pair complex motifs with a solid colour to create a balanced look. Otherwise, use a variety of patterns in small doses; think fresh linens, go-to decorative throws and cushions, miniature framed prints, and vases that you can easily switch out once the design trend moves on.

2019 interior design trends suggest the resurgence of ethnic motifs and rich-coloured prints to achieve warmth and familiarity at home. Pick prints and patterns that resonate with your personality and heritage to give your interiors a swanky praise-worthy look without looking like a kitsch playhouse. That said, if a full-on heavy-handed ethnic inspired look like above is not for you, think about small ways to bring in the moment.

Here are eight of the latest prints and patterns to get you feeling inspired for a home makeover. (Featured image: de Gournay)