Creating Inspiration Collages

October 14, 2020

Design Collage

Travel experiences, weather, colors, fabrics and patterns are a constant source of inspiration. The best way to test out an idea or a palette is to create a collage, where you can test how the materials and finishes blend into each other and juxtapose against one another. We have an office rule that when we create a design collage, we photograph it before it is finished. By photographing it, you are seeing a different perspective and finding imbalances and imperfections. This revision process is so helpful- it is like editing a paper. Less is more and you want to make sure you have the perfect mix of:

  • A solid
  • A texture
  • A small pattern
  • A large pattern
  • A stripe/linear pattern
  • Throw in an unexpected surprise:)


How to Mix Fabrics

This is the same rule for what to use in a space. In each room, there should always be a harmonious blend of patterns and textures. Mixing patterns tends to be the most common fear, but if you have different scales in those mixed patterns, you can instantly enhance your aesthetic. Without mixing, you have a wash out effect. Your walls and sofa are usually the solid pieces, so use your pillows, area rug, throw blanket and chairs for various sizes, patterns, stripes and textures.

Digital collages and color studies are great too! If you have an image that you love the color scheme in, use the Sherwin Williams color snap app to pull out those colors and create your own custom color palette!

xo dsv


Written by Danielle Saintard Valiente

Danielle Saintard Valiente is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and community advocate in the Cape Fear region. As owner of Port City Design Group, Danielle is living her passion by collaborating with her clients and subcontractors in order to execute one-of-a-kind, life changing designs, while making lifelong relationships. Having lived in Wilmington since 2010, Danielle plans to contribute to the area's growth and continue to make an impact through design.

About Port City Design Group

Port City Design Group is an interior design firm that creates experiences through the turnkey presentation of luxury residential and commercial interiors. PCDG brings communication and organization to the jobsite, while taking the stress off of the client, with an efficient and enjoyable process. With a facility over 4000 square feet, PCDG operates with an office and warehouse all in house, with the ability to take all projects from start to finish, with a BIG REVEAL at the end!