Many people can't commit to doing big, bold and beautiful things with prints. That's why designer Lesley Macmillan stopped by for some pattern therapy to show how mixing great prints can help you create a truly unique and memorable space. Here are the basic rules she shared for using pattern the right way.
Basic rules for building a layered pattern palette:
- Create a neutral backdrop and add pattern in textiles. For example, if you want to use bold furniture, keep the walls and window coverings neutral and harmonious.
- Mix patterns that have an affinity with each other - a common ground, a common colour, a common sense of movement. Look for samples that have fluid lines to harmonize them.
- Distribute the patterns throughout the room to give them space and density. Play with location to create harmony and charisma that's right for your space and that you can feel excited by.
- Leave blank space for the eye to rest. For example, consider putting your pieces on a plain hardwood floor without a rug so the textiles take center stage and have room to breathe.
- Try working with what you already have by reupholstering one of your favourite chairs with a fabulous new pattern. Give it life!
- Try a classic rule: mix one large-scale pattern with others that have smaller repeats. For example, match a large floral with a smaller stripe or check.
- If you're afraid of having too much pattern, use it on your accessories. Slowly build a look to take you from bland to bold. Be courageous, but take small steps if you need to.
Fabrics shown on Steven and Chris were provided by Primavera, Telio et Cie and Y & Co. - all available through Trianon.
Furniture provided by Trianon
Wallpaper shown on Steven and Chris (Pattern #: SD25650) provided by Norwall Group Inc.