SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 105
ONLY USE ONE
PATTERN OR PRINT
It is probably the easiest option to stick
to one pattern in your interior design
alongside plain walls, but it doesn't
leave much room for injecting your
personality into the space.
Mixing prints or patterns will
add texture and infuse life into your
scheme. Stripes, checks and ﬂorals can
all live together happily, but it does
take a bit of thought to get it right.
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
The key is to choose a colour palette,
so that whether you are working with
blues and greys or contrasting black
and white, you can mix fabrics and
patterns - just stick to your scheme.
Designer John Loecke, joint owner
of interior design company Madcap
Cottage, says: 'We start with a favourite
colour and theme, such as blue and
ﬂoral, and look for a pattern that
incorporates the two. Then we make
the dominant colour in the pattern
the dominant colour in the room
by painting the walls or cornicing
in a similar shade.
'Use your primary pattern on an
item that will be noticed as soon as
you walk through the door - for
example, the largest sofa.'
Another tip is to pull together the
dominant colour and a couple of other
colours from the primary pattern.
'Use fabrics in these colours on
secondary pieces in the room, such
as rugs, cushions and lamps.'
Light and dark
PASTEL SHADES AND
DARK PATTERNS LOOK
IF CHOSEN FROM
THE SAME COLOUR
committing to a diﬀerent colour
can totally transform a room.
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
If your room is small and you choose
a dark shade on the ceiling, you may
want your walls or furniture in lighter
shades for balance. Otherwise, a
brightly painted ceiling should not
make your room feel small.
If you are worried about your space
feeling too gloomy, add decorative
mirrors to reﬂect sources of light.
Painting the whole room the same
colour, including the ceiling, creates
a rich, sumptuous atmosphere. You
can accessorise with large statement
pieces, such as a chandelier.
Bear in mind that the same colour
looks very diﬀerent depending on the
shade of paint it is next to. A bright
white ceiling can be harsh against
dark walls, so going for a darker tone
up top will soften the look.
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