If striking but classic style is what you want, start by learning how dramatic patterns enhance the architecture of a home and brighten the space. Create a pattern wardrobe. Focus on shared colors to build a wardrobe of large, medium, and small patterns. Use the boldest patterns on the floor. Build Drama. High ceilings, bold patterns, and dramatic pairings remove the ho-hum from any house. Combine strong patterns in the same colors for sophisticated interest. Quiet down. Use solid fabrics, pale walls, and wood flooring as a backdrop that provides visual relief from pattern. Minimize pattern to create restful retreats. Be fearless. Let pattern pairings evolve. Start with a few must-have patterns for rugs and window coverings. Gradually add pieces such as pillows and artwork that are easy to replace. Mix and match. Combine geometric patterns with free-form ones to create tempo and balance that move interest around the room. Even the base of a table adds pattern to the mix.
BHG’s New Decorating Book
BHG's New Decorating Book