Article courtesy of ALX Interiors on Staten Island.
Mixing patterns and colors in your home can be daunting. Certain palettes and patterns create beautiful contrasts, while others make you cringe like your 4th grader singing off-key. Cute–but not what you expected.
To prevent such unforgettable faux pas, here are 3 rules to live by when considering a new fabric print, tile pattern, or accent color for your home.
To avoid turning your room into an Easter egg, keep the pastels under control. Using a neutral like white or light gray will rein in the color and temper the emotion it brings to a space (or to an exterior, as shown above). Adding earth tones, even through the natural greenery, can help guide the eye from any whimsical pastels to a more down-to-earth approach. It’s the difference between creating a baby nursery and a “grown-up” room.
Many things affect how color presents itself in the room, including any windows, mirrors or other sources of light, the size of the space, and the furniture that fills it.
3 | Add a solid color in areas that you don’t want to overlook.
Patterns catch our eye immediately and can draw attention away from everyday furniture (like a plain bedside table) while solid colors will draw attention to that object.
In the photos above, solid colors are used for window coverings as to not detract from the view of the outside world, while the patterned upholstery within the space enlivens it with good vibes and calming energy.