Not all that long ago homeowners wouldn’t dare mix patterns and colors in any way that wasn’t traditional. Neutral colors were, for the most part, bland and lacked personality. Today, all of the rules are out the window when it comes to decorating your home! Rich textures, contrasting patterns and lots of color create rooms that are filled with personality and dimension.
There are still a few rules, but not too many. If you’re ready to turn your dull home into an extraordinary showplace, here are a few tips for decorating with these various elements.
Consider room size when choosing patterns
Take the size of the room in to account when deciding on the patterns you want to use. Large patterns can look overwhelming in a small room; for example, a large floral print on furniture upholstery tends to look garish. For smaller rooms stick to small and medium sized patterns.
In contrast, large rooms look better with patterns that are medium to large in size. Small prints can get lost in a large room; a small print often looks like a solid color from across the room in an area that is open and spacious.
Colors liven things up
It’s fine to have neutral colored walls and even furnishings, but color is what brings a room to life. Consider bold splashes of color in throw pillows, rugs, wall hangings, vases, curtains and other accents so as to add interest and appeal to the room.
When using color, use those you love most but stick to three basic shades so that the look is coordinated and not confusing.
How to mix patterns and textures
If you think back a few years, it’s very likely that you never saw plaid patterns, stripes and floral designs mixed in the same room at your mother’s or grandmother’s house – it just wasn’t done!
Today, designers know that mixing stripes and floral patterns or plaids and solids makes for a look that is bold, elegant or even country chic, depending on what you are striving for.
It is perfect acceptable – and even encouraged – that you use stripes and checks or stripes and floral patterns together, as long as all of the pieces contain some of the same color. For example, if your color scheme includes burgundy, blue and cream shades you would want all patterned items to contain a single one of these colors such as burgundy. A burgundy and blue striped throw pillow will look divine when paired with a floral pillow that contains the same shade of burgundy.
Use a varied array of texture in the room; nubby rugs or accent pillows stand out even more against smooth or satiny surfaces.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit when it comes to patterns, color and texture. By combining all of these elements, your rooms will make an impact that is not soon forgotten by all who enter your home.