Designing a room requires a formula of complimentary variables working together to achieve a desired result. Similar to our systems and processes, the equation remains true regardless of the desired style. An easy breezy design element we continue to implement is mixing patterns throughout a space. Whether big and bold or small and subtle, we believe patterns are necessary when implementing depth and interest throughout a home. Patterns add personality within the finishing layers, as well as assist in establishing a focal point in rooms that are lacking a dominating feature.
In the primary bedroom of The Haire Haus Project, we mixed subtle patterns within a black and white color way to combine the wife's two loves of light and bright, and black and white contrast. We selected this geometric wallpaper to add a playful layer complimentary of their love for clean lines. The subtle pattern adds interest without dominating the room. The adorable striped bench at the foot of the bed was the perfect selection to keep the eyes moving around the room.
Both the husband and wife love the color blue; therefore, we used different shades of blue within the accessories to keep the room from falling flat. By mixing black and white patterns, we were able to implement a playful vibe for this oh so fun couple. They now have a casual, yet sophisticated bedroom to unwind in at the end of a long day or week.
We strongly believe patterns help dictate the overall appearance of the style and vibe we aim to achieve within each project. With countless options, we remain strategic with our selections within each project. Patterns seem more and more accessible across all surfaces; from fabric and upholstery in styling and furnishing, to hard selections within construction projects. Some patterns lean more formal better suited for formal sitting rooms or dining rooms, where some lean more casual better suited for family rooms or casual bedrooms. Certain tile patterns appear better in laundry rooms or mudrooms, where some appear more elevated in kitchens or bathrooms.
Within the Classic Carriage Cottage Project, we wanted to use finishes that compliment both the character of the home, and the fun, lively personalities of the homeowners. In the primary bathroom we paired porcelain floor tiles that mimic Carrera Marble with a fun marble mosaic pattern on the shower floor. This classic combination adds modernized flair while standing the test of time. To help this combination come to life, we've selected a rich earthy green for the vanity. We are itching to get on site and have this beauty staged and photographed. We are patiently waiting as we navigate Covid-19. Stay tuned for more!
We are big cheerleaders for bold pattern and color; however, we understand it isn't for everyone. For our neutral lovers, here is a styling tip to help you implement color and pattern on a smaller scale. Use your wall art as inspiration to integrate complimentary throw pillows on your upholstery pieces. Throw pillows are a great way to play with pattern without a large commitment. Be sure to pair patterns of different sizes so they don't compete; pair a larger scale pattern with a smaller scale in complimentary colors. Implement 2 different patterns within the same color way for more interest.
We love patterns of all sizes and colors! They help establish focal points in rooms where a focal is missing, as well as add layers of personality throughout a home. Whether you're ready for a large commitment with big and bold patterns, or just beginning to dabble with the idea of pattern play, don't be scared! Have fun with it and see where it takes you.