One of the benefits to hiring an interior designer is that they create a cohesive plan and complete the design process within a short period of time. Which means that all the design details are carefully considered at the beginning of the project and the end result is very harmonious.
Even if you don’t have an interior designer (maybe especially if you don’t), you should create a cohesive plan at the beginning of your own design process. Maybe it’s a Pinterest board, or a collage of images from a magazine….any way you do it, your end design will be more successful if you consider how each detail fits together ahead of time, instead of designing along the way.
One of my favorite details in the Room of the Week shows this type of forethought. This contemporary room remains streamlined and sleek even with the bold pattern on the lounge chairs because, instead of introducing a new color or pattern, the same pattern is also used in the throw pillows on the sofa. High-end interior designers often have pieces custom-upholstered in the fabric of their choice and pillows created using that same fabric, when they want to create an interesting, but restrained, space.
Many stores offer pillows and upholstered furniture in the same fabrics, so you can get a custom look without needing to hire an upholsterer or seamstress. And, several retailers sell their upholstery fabrics by-the-yard, which you could also use to create that custom-designed look.
So, if you want to create a sleek contemporary space of your own try adding just one pattern, but in two different applications. Here are a few chair/pillow combinations that I think would look right at home in a streamlined space.
Of course, if you are looking for a more eclectic or traditional space you will most likely want more of a mix of pattern and color, but this is a really great formula adding pattern in a contemporary or modern setting.
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