Pattern, like texture, is used to create visual interest. Unlike texture however, pattern does not invoke a tactile sense. Although textures can contain pattern-like elements, not all patterns are textures. Here patterns and variation are used to create interesting shapes with unity.
Did you ever walk into a store and see a pattern on a tunic, rug, or lamp shade, but didn’t know the name of the pattern? Think of this as your go-to tool for identifying patterns... Amy Atlas’ Pattern Board for Design & Styling!