How To Decorate Your Home With Polka Dots

How To Decorate Your Home With Polka Dots

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More than any other pattern, spots have a natural freshness that can lift any scheme in seconds. Be it traditional or modern, boudoir or bathroom, by adding a wall of polka dots or covering a favourite chair in retro circles, your home will take on a charming, classic vibe that will never date. Check out these stylish spots, dots and circles for inspiration.

Freshen up
Spots are undeniably fresh and fun, so are perfect for a nursery. Here, they give a minimal pale grey and white scheme enough punch and interest for little eyes without being overwhelming. This is a lovely gender-neutral choice, too, that can be given a spirited touch with colourful accents as the child grows.

Highlight a hallway
I’m a big fan of stair runners, but if you’re over plain and striped versions, how about a fabulous spotted number? Here, white stair treads and floorboards let the rich aubergine with off-white spots be the star of the hallway. Painting the newel post and handrail aubergine is the perfect finishing touch to create a cohesive scheme.

Go for a graphic wall
This is bold but, for a child’s bedroom, quite perfect. More like giant graphic discs than cutesy polka dots, this red and white spotty wallpaper offers all the colour and drama necessary in one space. Keeping the rest of the décor simple and clean-cut will avoid pattern and colour overload.

Create a retro vibe
Feel free to dabble with spotty fabrics if an all-over block is too much for your design palate. This classic armchair is given a smart retro makeover thanks to the cornflower blue, circular-print fabric. This is a versatile way to add spots, too, as the piece can be moved from room to room as and when you choose.

Experiment with spots
Do a DIY job by stencilling one wall with a series of regimented spots. This pale grey pattern adds a charming touch to a plain hallway and can simply be painted over for a new look. Just make sure your lines and spacings are spot-on (so to speak).

Elegantly does it
Don’t keep spots and dots simply for the younger members of the family, as dotty fabrics and wallpapers can add a grown-up blast of chic, too. Stick to a warm, earthy palette and make sure the pattern doesn’t become too overwhelming by using contrasting spot sizes.

Be crafty
Pick up a roll of spotty sticky-back plastic and let your creativity run wild. If you have a chest or bedside cabinet that has seen better days (or could pick one up in a second-hand shop), take out the drawers, give them a quick lick of paint and line with spotty plastic. Hang on the wall and, hey presto, cute cubbyhole shelving in which to display all your treasures.

Sprinkle with spots
Spots can add energy to any room in the house. Swapping a plain duvet cover for a polka-dot design instantly freshens up this bedroom. Even better, spots work effortlessly with all sorts of other patterns, including florals, checks and stripes.

Add understated drama
Spots can be as sophisticated as any other print, as demonstrated by this dramatic black wallpaper with shiny circles on a matt background. The almost invisible spots come to life when the light shines on them. This is how to do spots with panache!

Make it monochrome
Think about using spots and circles in a different way. This flamboyant, black-and-white Fornasetti wallpaper isn’t a conventional spot print, but it certainly creates a terrific, talking-point cloakroom. You could create a similar look with images cut from wallpaper and stuck on a plain background. The key to success with this scheme is the plain simplicity of the rest of the room, so stick to white sanitaryware and tiles.

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