After another long Pittsburgh winter, spring is officially and finally here – and what do our thoughts turn to but beautiful gardens that are just beginning to bloom. Gorgeous floral fabrics and wallpapers can transform any room into a delightfully fresh and lush garden. We love to balance florals with softened geometric patterns, stripes or solids for an eye appealing and sophisticated design. Mixing these patterns in a space will add interest, color, and depth. Even though the patterns don’t necessarily match each other, the scheme can work as long as they go together. The main thing to remember when mixing florals and other patterns is for them to complement each other and not compete.
We always follow these guidelines so the room will not look jarring or uncoordinated. Odd numbers look best so using three different patterns in varying scales is a good way to begin. The largest pattern can be the anchor pattern with all of the colors in the selected palette. Then add a medium scale pattern with some of the colors and finally a small scale one with two or three of the colors. The intensity of the colors should be the same – for example, do not mix pastels with jewel tones. Also, it is always a good idea to break up the patterns with some solids or tone-on-tone fabrics.
One of our favorite companies for fabrics and wallpaper is Thibaut. We love their new Paramount Collection of coordinating wallpaper and fabrics. With its highly styled nouveau flower motifs, and beautiful colorways, it is perfect for spring. This lovely dining room with patterns in aqua and green really says spring to us. Notice how the mix of floral and other patterns in this room demonstrates the importance of varying the scale – the Desmond fabric in the drapery panels is a really large-scale pattern with an 18” horizontal repeat and a 44.5” vertical repeat while the Hillock wallpaper pattern is very small with only a 2” repeat. The chairs are upholstered in Ebru which has a vertical repeat of 15” and a horizontal repeat of 25.75. ( www.thibaut.com )
These pictures from www.tidbitsandtwine.com illustrate the importance of intensity as well as of scale. The fabrics in the picture of the headboard and pillows are in pastel colors with the floral being the largest scale with the most colors while the chevron and the geometric print are smaller scale and have one or two of the colors. The other picture shows a wallpaper background in a bold and bright print behind the bed. It is the large anchor pattern with a mix of smaller patterns in coordinating colors.
These vignettes are all so lovely for spring. And, the best part will be when winter returns, your room will still speak spring to you.