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!