How to Use Small Scale Designs in Your Home

2nd January 2024

You can feature small design fabrics and wallpapers in every room of the house. They have a wonderful ability to fool the eye from a distance which accentuates the prominent colours, inviting you to look closer and appreciate the intricacy of the design. By introducing different patterns and sizes to your interior schemes, you can utilize their compact scale to temper larger motifs or highlight key pieces within the room. 

With so many ways to feature them, plus a large variety of pattern, colour and texture to choose from, we explore the very best designs on the market and how to style them in your home...

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Arboreta Fabric NavyArboreta Fabric Navy

How to Use Small Design Fabrics...


Small designs work perfectly when it comes to upholstering a sofa or chair for your home. This scale of pattern is ideal when covering a larger surface area, as the small repeat means that matching the design across the piece is far easier and often uses less material in the process.

A great way to add extra pattern and colour into your scheme, small scale geometrics look especially effective on furniture. Standing proud against painted walls, they can also be styled to complement any larger scale curtains or wallpapers that adorn the rest of the room.

Chicot FabricChicot Fabric
Almalfi Fabric CharcoalAlmalfi Fabric Charcoal
Sarangi Upholstery FabricSarangi Upholstery Fabric
Pelangi Velvet FabricPelangi Velvet Fabric


Featuring a small design fabric on your bedroom headboard is again a great choice as you are covering a large surface area within the room. Partnering a small design with a medium or large fabric design will bring balance to your room. Patterns work best when layered alongside larger prints on the cushions and/or bedding.

Small designs also look great when styled in front of a large scale wallpaper as it adds a direct contrast of scale and balances the overall look of the room. Finish your made to measure headboard with complimentary piping for a smart finish that will not only help to further accentuate its shape, but will also create a unique piece that is completely bespoke to your home.

Trellis Linen Fabric Trellis Linen Fabric
Buttons Fabric PondButtons Fabric Pond

Curtains and Blinds

A smart option for featuring in modest sized homes, small design fabrics sit very comfortably within the compact dimensions of a room. Curtains and blinds are a great space to feature them and English cottages and modern country homes look especially attractive with small scale floral or leaf and tree designs.

Offering an extension to the views beyond, for maximum country charm, opt for short curtains with matching tie backs or get creative in the kitchen with some pretty cabinet curtains to hide your pots and pans. This will not only give you an excuse to feature another favourite curtain fabric, it will also maximise that cosy cottage charm factor.

Roman blinds are also a great choice for smaller designs as the pattern will not become lost when the blind is pulled open. Simple repeated block print designs, narrow stripes or even small scale geometrics will all look wonderful when framing your window.

Camille Fabric CoralCamille Fabric Coral
Buti Cotton Fabric PinkButi Cotton Fabric Pink
Hopscotch FabricHopscotch Fabric


The beauty of our small designs is that many of them are very durable and hardwearing, therefore making them the perfect upholstery solution to high traffic areas. Petit in proportion but big on impact, small designs are some of the most versatile fabrics to feature in your home as they look great on both large items such as a central living room footstool or small scale pieces such as bar stools and club fenders.

Another great excuse to add some pattern and colour to your home, opting for small designs over plain fabrics can sometimes provide that extra little design detail that really makes the difference to, and elevates the overall look of your home.

Polperro Linen Fabric RedPolperro Linen Fabric Red
Somana Fabric Geranium ChenilleSomana Fabric Geranium Chenille
Fireplace Club Fender IdeasFireplace Club Fender Ideas

Adding those finishing touches...

Small Floral Fabric Small Floral Fabric


Mixing scales is key to creating an interior that looks dynamic and interesting, and cushions are a great place to begin. Try mixing your favourite small scale floral prints with some geometrics or stripes. Next balance them with a large design leaf print or paisley to build in a bit variety and watch as your scheme begins to take shape.

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With such a wide choice of small design fabrics to choose from, you can get really creative when decorating a children’s room or nursery. Layering spots on checks, pretty florals and playful motifs on top of one another will create a space brimming with stimulation, colour, pattern and energy for your little one to enjoy!

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Bed Valances

This customers bed vallance offers a really good example of how the smallest design details are often the finishing touches that complete the look of a room. Featuring the same subtle, small scale leaf design throughout, has pulled the whole scheme together and added a touch of elegance and class to this stylish guest bedroom.

How to Use Small Design Wallpapers...

Small design wallpapers are perfect for adding pattern to your home without overwhelming the room. Available in a huge range of styles to suit various interior looks, designs can be hung above or below a dado rail, or on all four walls.

Creating a busy, yet understated base upon which to layer fabrics, artwork and home accessories, most popular designs include tree and leaffloral prints and small scale geometrics to suit country properties and rural homes.

Witney Daisy Wallpaper Witney Daisy Wallpaper
Marcham Tree WallpaperMarcham Tree Wallpaper
Fencott WallpaperFencott Wallpaper
Pinjara Trellis Diamond WallpaperPinjara Trellis Diamond Wallpaper

Striking the Perfect Balance

The perfect partnership to large scale fabrics, balancing small design wallpapers against bigger prints can also help to soften the overall look of a room. Geometric wallpapers are especially popular as they offer a great alternative to paint or plain wallpaper designs without being overbearing.

Another very popular interior choice is to feature matching fabric and wallpaper as part of your scheme. By repeating the same design on both the walls and soft furnishings, you will create layering throughout the room which will add depth and segmenting to your design. This will not only help to emphasise the matching design and colour scheme, it will allow you to mix other patterns into your scheme without it feeling too crowded.

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Arboreta Wallpaper GreenArboreta Wallpaper Green

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