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Mixing Colors and Patterns to Create A Relaxing Space

When creating a room design, its important to mix and match patterns and colors to create visual interest.  But we get it, it’s not that easy to layer colors and patterns without feeling overwhelmed. Mixing patterns is one of those decor areas that people seem to shy away from simply out of fear of not knowing what to match up. This leaves a lot of cream and grey, mostly solid rooms.  We’re here to help bring back

1: Determine what color palette you want as a primary focus. Before you start focusing on how many colors to mix and which patterns to use, start with a primary color scheme.  In this bedroom, that color focus is soft teal.  That color is found on the walls, in the art, in the bedding, and in the rug.

2. Find a piece of inspiration:  We like to find inspiration to connect the rest of our color palette. That may be a piece of art, a fabric, or a rug that works well with your primary focus, but also introduces accent colors. In this bedroom, we found that inspiration in the abstract art and that art connects well with the rug.

3. Let neutrals be your base.  Incorporating neutrals while mixing various colors and patterns gives your eyes a place to rest.  In this master bedroom, the neutrals used are the cream duvet, the grey headboard, the white ceiling, and the white trim.

4. Use a variety of scales when mixing and matching patterns.

The Magic Number: Odd numbers work when you are grouping. Three is always a good place to start; go up from there if you’re feeling it.

Pattern 1: This is your strongest statement, so choose something you absolutely love and want to go off of for the rest of the room. It’s best to start with a large scale pattern. In this master suite, that is the swivel chair fabric.

Pattern 2: This piece should have a couple of the same colors as your first pattern, but be half the scale. The drapery and front pillow fabric both follow this principle.

Pattern 3: Go for a complementary color or neutral textured piece in a smaller scale. Here we have the orange shams.

Here are a few other general principals to keep in mind.

  1. Color Intensity: Stay with the same color tones and intensities. We would avoid mixing primary colors with pastels, or muted tones with jewel tones. This will help you create a cohesive look.
  2. Solids and Textures: Your eye needs somewhere to rest in between the patterns that you are layering.  Add in solids and textures to balance and separate your patterns.
  3. Neutrals: Neutrals make a great break between your patterns and colors to give you a base to build on.

Want to see more of how we mixed color and pattern in this teal and orange bedroom? Head over to our portfolio!

Still feeling overwhelmed by mixing colors and patterns into a comprehensive design you will love?  We would love to help you! Give us a call to book a consultation.

Part 2: Mudroom Renovation Design Phase

 

This week, we’re working on the design for Beth’s mudroom renovation.  This includes selecting tile for the floor and a finish for the cabinetry.

We will be back next week with the second part of the design phase – selecting all of the details!

Part 1: Mudroom Renovation

We’re tackling a renovation at Beth’s house, and we’re going to take you step-by-step through the process.  This first video from the series shows the thought process behind taking an idea and turning it into a drawing to show what is possible.

We will be back next week as we begin to create the design for the space!

Before and After Master Bedroom Retreat

This master bedroom was transformed from a stark, unfinished space to a luxurious retreat.  Watch our video below to learn more about this transformation.

All of the design elements from the paint and bedding to the warm wood finishes were inspired by the colors in the client’s beloved area rug.  This color scheme evokes feels of calm and serenity and to get that true serene feel in the room, we combined softer tones with subtle pops of color and made the room feel bright and airy.

We think a  master retreat should be just that — a place where you can go to retreat! Which is why we wanted this room’s aesthetic to feel relaxing.

To keep the room from feeling too monotonous, we layered various pops of  similar shades of blue and pink to bring interest to the center of the room and pop against the crisp, white bed linens.

We love this soft and elegant master bedroom! What do you think of this space?

The Final 10% That Makes 90% of a Difference

When we begin planning a new space, we think about the layout and the big pieces that will go into the room.  But often clients want to stop their project after those big items are delivered leaving the last 10%, as we often refer to accessorizing and styling, to be done later because they lack the vision for the complete room.

The problem with leaving off the styling is that those details are key in finishing a room and making the space feel thought out.

Styling, however, can really feel overwhelming.  Scouring the Internet or a local store for the right pieces in scale and color while not being too “matchy-matchy” can feel like an insurmountable task. We wanted to share some pointers, tips and things we think about when picking items for a room and planning the styled space.


Styling Shelves

Vary Heights and Sizes

When styling shelves, use a variety of heights and widths to create visual interest. You can do this with individual items or by grouping several smaller items together to take up a larger space.  Be sure to have heavier shelves and lighter shelves to break up the visual space. In general, you don’t want to overcrowd. Less is more when it comes to accessorizing.


Styling with Stacks of Books

When In Doubt, Stack Books

We love using books to add height to another accessory.  They provide a great foundation for smaller accessories, or can work well on their own.  Just be sure to keep in mind the colors of the binding and that you like having those particular titles on display. This is a great place to add your personality to the room, like putting out a book about your favorite breed of dogs or if you play tennis, a book about Wimbledon.


Add Greenery in Your Styling

We believe every room should have a pop of greenery in it.  There is something calming about bringing the outdoors into you space.  Whether that is a vase of fresh flowers, a beautiful leafy plant, some succulents or even a really good fake plant, finding a spot for something green will go a long way.


Styling with a Throws and Accessories

Utilize the Throw

A colorful throw is a great addition to any living or family room.  They help break up the upholstery fabric, add a pop of color and provide a softness to the space.  Don’t overthink laying the throw. The less you fuss with it, the better it looks!


Dont under size the art

When Styling, Don’t Undersize Your Art

Art should make a statement, and the size is important in allowing that impact.  Worry less about it “matching” your space and more about the feelings it illicit. This is a great place to really add your personality into the room.  If you are fun and whimsical, show it.  If are into boating, hang something nautical.  Just let your personality shine.


Styling with Accent Pillows

Use Fabrics to Add Pattern and Color

Accent pillows are important accessories in finishing a space.  They are another great to introduce pattern and color to help create a cohesive design.


Lighting as Art

Consider Your Lighting as Part of Your Accessories

Light fixtures can be a sculptural piece of art.  Don’t underestimate the impact the right overhead light or lamp can have on a room. And don’t be afraid to mix metals when it come to lighting and accessories.  There’s no reason you can’t have a gold lamp and an oil-rubbed bronze chandelier.


Styling with Window Treatments

Don’t Neglect the Windows.

Drapery and window treatments are an important part of finishing a room.  The fabric fills visual wall space and softens harsh edges helping to breakup wood trims.  It can also be another great place to introduce pattern and color.

Looking to take your home that last 10% but not sure where to start?  We can help! Ask us about our styling packages.

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