Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
Pattern is the arrangement and repetition of lines and shapes to create a unified design.
So, if you already understand line, shape and form, you'll see pattern in a brand new way! Pattern is seen in printed and woven textiles such as upholstery and drapery fabric, flooring, rugs and carpeting. BUT it is also seen in any surface that has texture.....
Like wall coverings, wood grain, tile, marble and granite (just to name a few) - see tile pattern guide below)
Patterns are frequently combined in interior design. Some combinations work well together and some don't. In addition, some patterns are based on fashion and can define and date a style.
I use proven systems and a trained eye to come up with pattern combinations that play well together by starting with a fabric or hard surface or other design element 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. I don't rush and I don't settle. If the combination doesn't give me 'goose bumps' (or my client), it's not right yet.
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 pattern 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. Design elements are expensive. You want your heart to sing each time you look at the composition you've created.
Curating the perfect scheme 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. So give yourself some grace.
If you don't have time, can't figure it out or are overwhelmed with all the other details of your project, there is a reason! This takes time and talent to figure this stuff out - which means it may make sense to delegate to somebody with more experience (wink, wink).
So, send me an email to help speed up the process and create a cohesive look.
If you already know what you want and need, and want to see how your ideas look, I offer an online interior design package that will show you how everything works together in a composition.
This makes design decisions easy peasy and so much fun! And you'll look like a design genius to your friends and family and save yourself from the 'what if's' and second guessing.
I use systems for everything I do. This planning reduces the chaos, keeps me organized and makes sure no detail is forgotten and no surprises are found in the design portfolio! The first phase of planning a successful interior design project is the 'THINK IT' phase - because it takes thought to keep things from becoming cookie cutter. That's why I wrote this blog post to dispel common interior design misconceptions and help prepare you to take point on your design or decorating project based on your vision.
I've written additional 'think like an interior designer' posts for; shape & form, scale and proportion, texture, space and color, light and line and mass and massing to help you understand the language of design so you can learn the rules and break them! Because who wants a house that looks like your neighbors?
If you have a decorating or interior design project coming up within the next year and need help with the THINK IT phase, contact me today to get started. Or join over 300 other design enthusiasts by signing up for my Homiletics for the Home Insiders club below & you'll receive mostly monthly emails filled with inspiring ideas, encouraging stories, worksheets and real life interior design stories - then make the world more beautiful by sharing this post with your tribe!
Until next time, 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 had Alzheimer's disease and never realized 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. Hugs & blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)