5.06.2014

How to Mix Pillows & Patterns


Yesterday was a great mail day!  Tons of fabric samples arrived from Tonic Living, one of my favorite stores for online fabrics.  They send large samples, too, which is fantastic.  

I was playing around with my samples and posted two of my fabric schemes on Facebook:
The first, I see as more of a living room mix.  A casual and comfortable space.  I'd do the large scale floral in 24" pillows, the yellow trellis in 18" pillows, and I'd love to do a lumbar pillow in the charcoal fabric with dark teal velvet piping.  Then I'd make drapes or roman shades out of the aqua geometric.  Someone do this...ok?

I see this scheme more as a master bedroom design.  Imagine the toile print (the large dark fabric) as a custom headboard with nailhead trim.  Maybe even a wingback headboard.  Yummy.  Large euro shams in the aqua, 20" pillows in the charcoal, then a round bolster in the yellow trellis.  Can I get an amen?

After posting these photos, one of my readers, Sara,  asked if I would write a post on mixing fabrics.  
Good news!  I already wrote one for you back in 2012 when probably only my mom was reading. ;-) 
Hi mom!  Love you bunches.

I'm re-posting it here today in hopes that you'll be brave in mixing your pillows and patterns.  Designer tip: this works with clothes, too.
ENJOY!


What if you love the look of mixing pillows but 
feel frozen when it comes to combining patterns?
I  originally wrote  this as a guest post for classic*casual*home, one of my favorite blogs for luxurious and beautiful coastal design.  I thought it was worth publishing again on my own site.

I am always a fan of breaking "the rules" when it comes to design.  
But if you're feeling stuck, here are some rules to follow.

1) It's all about proportions!  Start with a large print that you love, like the peacock fabric below.
2) Next, chose a medium and small print that is different than the large.  For example, if you use a large floral, then you'll need a medium geometric, and a small stripe.
3) When selecting a solid I always look for texture.  Velvet, mohair, linen,and wool will help your room feel finished and sophisticated.  If every fabric is the same texture it can be boring.
Here's another example:
Here is a board with two "large" scale fabrics, but it still works because one is a stripe 
and the other is more geometric.

I hope you pillow addicts are inspired to keep mixing your colors and patterns! 
 And remember, there are no rules when it comes to what you love! 
Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.
LET'S CONNECT

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  2. Such a great post! I LOVE your first grouping… I really might try and do this in my living room!

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  3. I like your choice of fabrics. I thought the first group was spot in but wasn't seeing the toile working in the second group but as soon as you said for the headboard; I could see it! I'm not a designer and don't think I have much vision but your description made it so clear. Thanks for educating me.

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  4. Great advice, Abby! So many people find this confusing and you just spelled it out so easily! Great boards too.

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  5. What is the name of the floral fabric in the first grouping? I love it!! Tried to find it on the site eith no luck.

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  6. I am so décor illiterate! What do you do when you also have draperies to pick and pillows? I have wanted to play with things like this but been afraid to. I need new draperies, pillows to tie in my "open concept" living areas now that we have painted. 2 walls of kitchen area are painted a lobster burnt orange and 2 walls in dining/living area are painted a pale grey. My living room furniture is navy blue. I have been looking for awhile but can't seem to get a grip on it all! UGH!

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  7. Hi Abby! Is the yellow fretwork pattern the butter or the citrine fret?

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