14 September 2010

{patterned perches}

torn between cooling down for autumn and letting summer leave us..
if missing outdoor brights and sunny hues is on your mind..
why not take the rainforest inside for sunshine all year long?

tips for mixing patterns?
  • keep walls simple {above are neutral as they get} - whites or greys would be my pick, though if you want to go bold or dark with the walls, go lighter with the patterns.
  • start with a color palette you like & that goes well together - above palette starts with red & green, which are complementary colors {opposite on the color wheel} and adds in shades of pink/coral, a few blues, and a pop of saffron yellow on the chair seat. these colors work together to achieve a balance of warm {red/pink/yellow} and cool {green/blues} color in the space. finally, the dark black stripe adds sophistication and works to ground the space and keep it from feeling too juvenile.
  • vary the scale of the patterns - i.e. tiny florals {above - the bench cushion} and tone on tones {the pink pillow} will read more as solids, allowing a larger scale pattern to take center stage {the green otomi/mexican textile on the wall}. stripes/geometrics & florals are always friendly and a bold stripe {here the back cushion} can add a modern edge and keeps the patterns from feeling too sweet.

also can't help but love the above flat files for storage + cozy daybed nook.

{completely forgetting where i pulled these images.. middle one is kathryn ireland fabrics, possibly from house beautiful. leave a comment if you know the source..}

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