Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
Pattern is the arrangement of motifs to create a unified design.
Pattern is seen in printed and woven textiles such as upholstery and drapery fabric, floor rugs and carpeting. But pattern is also seen in wall coverings, wood grain, and other hard surfaces.
Patterns are frequently combined in interior design. Some combinations work very successfully together and some seem incompatible to each other.
To achieve a feeling of rightness evaluate the following:
1. The placement of emphasis or the importance of one pattern over another
2. The character of the pattern, meaning do the styles work well together.
3. The color scheme, meaning the colors have to be related and repeated with other design elements
4. The scale of the patterns to be combined.
I use a process called pattern (or fabric) scheming to come up with patterns that play well together by starting with a fabric or pattern that my client loves. This becomes the pattern of emphasis because it is loved and will be used in the decor plan. The other patterns are not set in stone and are used as part of the total composition while being evaluated for color, shape, line and space in relationship to each other and on their own.
To simplify the process for my clients I often recommend they choose a pattern with organic or curved lines, one with straight lines and a geometric in the opposite scale of their pattern of emphasis.
One way to select fabrics and patterns for your window treatments, bedding and upholstery projects would be to purchase yardage of each fabric and then lay them out in a well lit room on a table or pin board where you can review for a period of several days or weeks.....or months.....take your time. Designer fabrics are expensive. You want your heart to sing each time you look at the composition you've created. Scheming is the decorative layer to interior design - which means, there are no rules (only principles) so it takes practice before you're good at it.
Or send me an email to help speed up the process. I offer a Scheming Design Package at a fixed rate that will show you how your fabrics and color look in a composition. This makes design decisions easy peasy!
Until next time, Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She has Alzheimer's disease and she'll never realize her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world?. So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)