Question | How can I incorporate several patterns into one cohesive design scheme?
Answer | Oftentimes, people can be shy about incorporating different patterns into one space, but with a few helpful tips, this design tactic can achieve a fantastic look. When choosing patterns, it is important to find a specific color to repeat throughout the room, creating a united appearance.
For example, in a client’s living room, I infused a sophisticated steel blue in all the patterns, from the background color of the geometric fabric used for the club chairs, to the accent color swirled in the pattern of the draperies. Even the artwork we chose had a touch of steel blue paint.
Another key element for choosing patterns is scale. My rule of thumb is usually choosing three different sizes, the largest of which could be an area rug. Medium-size patterns can be suitable for sofas and draperies, and the small-scale patterns used for accent chairs or pillows give the space balance. For a final finish, I like to integrate a few solid-color items for a pop effect.
Q. | How do I make the family room stylish but also comfortable and functional for the entire family to enjoy?
A. | The sofa is a key element in a family room’s design; it anchors the space and provides a place for the family to come together. Whether used for fun conversation after a delicious meal or for hours of marathon-watching Netflix, the family room sofa is a place of relaxation and enjoyment.
Taking these factors into account, I recently unified a sophisticated, functional leather sectional in a family room design for a client. The sectional offers practicality in its durable leather fabric but attractiveness in its classic lines and warm caramel color.
When choosing design elements for a family room, I highly recommend focusing on a sofa that can be used for all sorts of family engagement, but also as a piece of furniture suitable for a beautifully designed home. It is possible to have both comfort and style, which I call livable luxury.
Q. | I found a fabric sample that really speaks to my taste in design. How do I incorporate it into my keeping room?
A. | Design inspiration can be found in many elements such as rugs, artwork, colors and textiles. Using a specific fabric in a space is half the battle to achieving a well-executed design; the other half of the challenge is blending that fabric’s patterns and colors into an overall design that looks and feels in sync.
Using your favorite fabric can be done by adorning throw pillows or a reupholstered chair or even with curtains. For example, I found a stunning fabric I knew I wanted to use for a recent design project. I decided this fabric would be suitable for two side chairs in the keeping room. There were a few shades of blue in the fabric, which I then repeated in additional fabrics to achieve a collective look. The drapes in the adjoining room are the same fabric, unifying the open floor plan, and the accent pillows are solid to match the accent color within the fabric.
To achieve a balanced design, I recommend finding a rug that harmonizes with your chosen fabric. This can be done by finding a rug with the same color scheme but a different design. This design principle makes the space very welcoming and warm by creating instant harmony within all elements.
Q. | How do I transform my foyer into a welcoming place for greeting guests while keeping the space grand?
A. | A great way to add an impressive element to a foyer’s design is by including a seating vignette, which is a small area that typically includes one or two chairs and an accent table. Adding cozy warmth and luxurious flair, a seating vignette can truly transform a large foyer into an intimate greeting or small-gathering space.
Seating vignettes add sophistication to grand foyers and are usually placed by corners or side walls to avoid disrupting flow of movement. Foyer seating also invites guests to feel immediately “at home” since it offers a sense of relaxation right inside the front door.
Another important element for seating vignettes is scale, which can be achieved by including an antique chair and small side table. Because seating vignettes are not normally used on a daily basis, they serve as perfect opportunities for displaying delicate family heirlooms and furniture, like I incorporated in a local foyer design. I placed an antique-brass table beside an antique mahogany chair in the corner of the staircase, which instantly added coziness and a touch of Southern heritage to the space.