IT’S A JIGSAW PUZZLE — WHAT WORKS WITH WHAT?

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Are you afraid to Mix and Match colors or patterns? Do you think doing all the walls white is the only safe way to go? Or is Beige your only fallback for fear you’ll make a mistake? Well, today you are in luck as I am going to give you some simple tips to help you bring some pizazz in what might be a safe but dull room.

First, start with colors you love. If soft buttercream yellow makes you happy, then start there. Then add some accent colors to spice things up. Maybe you want a contemporary twist by adding soft grays and white to your buttercream palette. Or maybe your house is cottagey and you can add touches of blue and red. Whatever your favorite palette, you can start with a basic color and then keep adding until it feels balanced.

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Next, adding pattern is probably the hardest part for most people. It’s okay to put stripes, florals and small prints together, but again you need the correct balance. I always look at how the “movement” feels together. If one pattern fights another or “speaks” too loudly, then it’s probably not harmonious with the other fabrics. Mixing in a solid with your other patterns is also a way to bring balance to a collection.

 

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Adding texture is another way to create interest in a flat room. Knobby textures or tweeds can introduce depth and character even if the room is monochromatic. Textures can further tell the story of a room, for instance, if you use reclaimed wood, leathers and steel surfaces, you have just created a contemporary loft look. Conversely, if you use soft chenille, reclaimed wood floors, butcher block counters and Carmel Stone for the fireplace, a cottage style emerges. It’s all a matter of mixing the right textures and letting the surfaces tell your story.

 

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Adding texture is another way to create interest in a flat room. Knobby textures or tweeds can introduce depth and character even if the room is monochromatic. Textures can further tell the story of a room, for instance, if you use reclaimed wood, leathers and steel surfaces, you have just created a contemporary loft look. Conversely, if you use soft chenille, reclaimed wood floors, butcher block counters and Carmel Stone for the fireplace, a cottage style emerges. It’s all a matter of mixing the right textures and letting the surfaces tell your story.

 

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