Stripes and Prints and Geometrics… Oh My!
Fabrics often define a room’s personality. As you see i the recent project for one of my clients, the motif or pattern tells you if the room is French Country or Transitional. They can be the jumping off point for a room’s color story. Patterns, like color, need companions that complete…not compete. Just like a good friend, they should bring out the best in one another. Here is industry guru’s 8 step program to mixing patterns.
- Use 3-5 Patterns to give a room balance and personality.
- Select your Statement Pattern, which is typically your largest pattern.
- Introduce pattern 2 which is smaller scale with more negative space.
- Pattern 3 should add more visual interest with texture or color.
- Pattern 4 should be directional such as a stripe, plaid, or chevron.
- Bring it on home with texture or a tone on tone.
- Place your patterns and color story at different levels around the room for balance.
- Keep in mind scale and proportion. Scale relates to the space and proportion relates to the element, i.e. is the proportion of the pattern appropriate to the chair.