Swapping for Scale

Decor expert Jennifer Reid shows us how some simple rules of working with scale can add drama and interest to your space.


Above: large console, horns, lamps, rugs, Elte; two pieces of artwork, Art Interiors

Small scale, small room
Use small scale patterns in a smaller room. In larger rooms, where they are seen at a distance, small patterns tend to be read as texture or a solid.


Medium scale for small or large rooms
Medium scale patterns retain their pattern at a distance, yet in a smaller space, they don't overpower.

Large scale for large furniture
Large scale patterns can overpower a small space, but can add vibrancy to a larger room. They will appear bolder when covering large furniture, but look fragmented on smaller pieces.

Keep scale consistent
Don't mix small scale items with large scale items unless you are purposely drawing attention to it. Keep scale consistent in a room.


Working with scale = scale back
Don't clutter a room with too many small objects, use fewer large objects to make a bold statement in a room

Consider colour
Consider colour on your walls rather than white or light walls. Choose a colour that compliments your large scale items. This will help guide your eye through the room rather than draw attention to one or two items.


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