Decorating with Polka Dots

Still a kid at heart and love polka dots? Or, just want to decorate with polka dots without the house looking like a polka dot/clown funhouse? Using this fun print is a fine line to walk, but we have tips for decorating with polka dots, with sophistication.

bedroom interior design with polka dot pillows on bed and decorative bedside table lamp.

bedroom interior design with polka dot pillows on bed and decorative bedside table lamp.

Make dots an accent, NOT the focal point. Rather than trying to tone-down the polka dot, lean into it by using it to add a youthful moment to an otherwise more serious space. Where there may be a space with lots of antiques, trims, and intricate architecture, polka dots could be just the touch to give it some approachability and fun. Other options would be to apply the pattern through drapery panels.

Layer them with other patterns. Polka dots can be great as a component of a room full of more sophisticated patterns, offering a little fresh pop of playfulness. Use the patten in pillows or an ottoman in a room where there are also other patterns.

Stick with a classic. Just like Minnie – stick with the classics. There is nothing more iconic than black and white polka dots. And the same classic touch it lends to those wardrobes applies to home decor, too. And while tempting, steer clear from vibrant primary colors, which will always feel more playful.

What do you think? Will you shy away from the ever popular chevron and start decorating with polka dots?

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