This is our third installment of Claiming Your Inspirational Style. In Part one we discussed finding your inspiration piece and in part two we selected paint colors. These are two very important steps to creating a well designed room so if you are new to the series, please start with Part One.
Now that we have chosen the inspiration piece and selected wall, trim, and accent colors, its time to add dimension to the room with fabric, color, and patterns. To create a well-balanced and well-executed design, you must rely heavily on your inspiration piece. The color scheme, fabric, and pattern choices are pulled directly from your inspiration piece.
Step 3: Selecting Color, Fabric, and Patterns.
- You need to inventory what elements you are looking for. Will you have drapes, toss pillows, upholstery, cushions, or tablecloths? The specific design element will play a major role in determining the scale of your fabric and where its used. Its helpful to create a list of these elements to accompany your inspiration piece and your paint colors when fabric shopping.
- You will then pull out your color scheme from your inspiration piece. The color scheme and the specific fabric element will then determine the pattern colors of your fabric choices.
This is where you will begin to see your design take shape. Whether or not you have a blank slate, are transforming old to new, or simply tweaking a space your space will begin to come together once you decide on color, fabrics, and patterns.Remember to mix geometrics with florals for a balanced look.
Take your inspiration piece with you everywhere you shop for fabric. This will help you match fabrics or textiles you will be using in the space. Much like your paint choices, you need to see them in person next to each other.
Selecting a Fabric Color Scheme
Your inspiration piece’s color scheme will be repeated throughout the room- which is a crucial step to having a well-designed space. One of the most frequently asked questions when working with clients is how and where to use colors/patterns?
Well designed spaces have layers of patterns and colors, no matter what the style. From traditional to cottage to modern or eclectic, layering is one design rule that separates a ho-humm room to a WOW room.
To layer and coordinate patterns/color, take a hard look at your inspiration and paint selections. In your space, you may want to have coordinating pillows, upholstery, window treatments, and rugs. Your inspiration’s color scheme is what your fabric is chosen from.
Selecting Fabric Patterns
After you have found your color scheme you should then look for patterns. You can select stripes, plaid, solids, florals, or geometric patterns all within the color scheme. Keeping patterns in the same color scheme is helpful when you are mixing different styles. You can blend different types of patterns and still have a distinct pulled together space.
The key number to keep in mind is 3. You can take up to 3 different patterns / colors and repeat them in 3 distinct ways in the space: drapes, pillows, trim, upholstery, and so forth.
Remember the bigger the element the bigger the pattern. Drapes look great in a larger scale pattern, while throw pillows should be in medium to small scale pattern.
The scale of the pattern (large, medium, or small) should not be repeated in another element. For instance, if you have a large scale pattern on your drapes do not repeat the same scale on pillows or a rug. If you chose two major elements in the same scale each would be competing against each other and visually cause chaos in the space. Instead, the other accessories/elements should be in coordinating colors in a smaller scale pattern.
We then chose our paint from Sherwin-Williams’ Chip It tool online. This helped us pull out the color scheme for our fabric.
Since our rug is a fairly large scale pattern any of these medium to small scale fabric examples would make a great addition in space. Notice they are in the same color scheme, yet each pattern brings more dimension to the room. I would select a striped valance or drapery panels with coordinating throw pillows in the any of the smaller scaled patterns. I would also add in the stripe pattern in the pillow trim or cording.
See how this comes together once you work from your inspiration piece?