By CLARICE SMYTH
COLOR AND PATTERN DESIGN
HOW TO USE COLOR AND PATTERN DESIGN IN THE HOME
How to use color and pattern design in the home can be challenging. Putting together colors and patterns within your decorating color scheme can feel scary, intimidating, and overwhelming. You do not have to let it make you feel this way… If you have a design plan and follow these simple guidelines.
LIFE IS FULL OF PATTERNS
Choose your boldest pattern first and then work your way to the solids.
By choosing the boldest pattern first you can scale out from there in the size of the pattern motif. Example: floral, plaid, stripe, mini-dots, textured or mottled solid, and plain solids.
If your boldest pattern is a large-scale pattern then you can add additional patterns in complementary colors and hues, in descending scales.
So you have chosen the large bold pattern, now choose the medium size pattern fabric. In addition to graduating the scale of the design, consider the design motif. It will need to complement the large bold pattern fabric but not compete.
Now that you have chosen the large and medium-size fabrics, consider picking a stripe on a complementary scale. Many time the large and medium scale fabric tend to be organic or geometric in design and a stripe will add a bit of visual structure.
A small overall pattern fabric can be added to the mix. These patterns add visual interest but often read as a solid at a distance.
Textured fabrics are important and add color, visual interest, and depth to a design without competing with all the other patterns.
Select all coordinating fabrics for your decorative scheme and bring them into the space they will be placed. Make sure you like the way the pattern and color look and feel before commissioning to have the furniture recovered or the cushions and drapes made.
LOCATION AND APPLICATION OF FABRIC
Know your fabric purpose and fiber content prior to planning placement, patterns, or calculating the yardage needed.
The location and application of fabric will ultimately determine the fabric that you will choose.
Example: You have a sofa to reupholster, you need decorative pillows and window coverings. You have chosen a chenille, a twill, and a silk fabric. It is likely that you will use the chenille on the sofa, the twill for decorative throw pillows, and the silk for drapes. And although you can do as you please, fabrics are tested at different rub rates, which is a testing method that estimates the amount of wear a particular fabric can withstand. These are guidelines that designers use to help choose the best fabric for a given application.
It is common to place neutrals/solids on larger more expensive investment pieces. Unless you choose a fabric that you love and are willing to either live with for an extended period or are willing to make the investment of reupholstering when the trends change. Consider the options your choice allows you to use in other color accessories in the future.
Choose your fabric inspiration, which may or may not become one of the final fabrics in your selection.
Choose fabric patterns in large, medium, small, solid, stripe, and texture.
Initially, pull all fabric choices, scale, and color, based on the inspiration fabric.
Edit your final fabric selection based on the number of patterns you select and the number of needed applications.
Determine your long-term color and pattern preferences and this will save time and money in having to recover these pieces each time you want to update your space.
It is less expensive to change out decorative pillows, drapes, rugs, and side chairs than it is to reupholster a sectional sofa.
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Note: Fabric examples are from fabrics offered by Schumacher Fabrics
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