Monday, October 29, 2012

Design Tips: Mixing Patterned Fabric from Schumacher

Trend alert for fabrics and walls: Combining patterns! Bold and colorful, geometric and very graphic. And more than one pattern. These photos from Schumacher's beautiful new handmade collection from Studio Bon show off this trend nicely, using combinations of patterns and scale in monochromatic color schemes, but in different scaled patterns such as the inspirational images shown here.

Look-three patterns in one room! And it all works. Here's why. The fabrics in this photo have a lot in common. They all feature the same shades of blue and white, and the patterns are all geometric. Each fabric varies in the size of the shape that makes up the pattern as well as the proportion of blue and white. The fabric on the drapes is an even split, of close to 50 percent blues and 50 percent white. The chair is mostly white and the fabric on the wall is mostly blue.

You can be creative with patterns not using fabric at all! In the second photo, another beautiful fabric from Schumacher is combined with another bold and graphic pattern on the wall. Except the pattern on the wall is an array of dishes hung as art -- or maybe it's a custom art piece that looks like dishes -- either way, the grid pattern of round white shapes on the brownish tan wall is very striking and handsome. By placing the round shapes close together creates a composition of mostly white on a tan background.

The pattern of the fabric on the chair in this photo is mostly brown, and is also a grid-based design. It plays off the wall art nicely because the fabric is mostly straight lines and a smaller scale.

If you're looking for a way to freshen your home or create impact in a room, consider mixing patterns for a fun, bold effect.

Until next time!
-Elaine Bothe

Photos courtesy of Schumacher.

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