Hi everyone. I hope your Monday is going dandy and that you are doing good things.
Today I wanted to share some thoughts on what can sometimes be one of the most challenging aspect of designing a living space…..pillow selection. The good newsis that there are so many stylish pillow options available from every home décor, big box and online retail shop. The bad newsis that there are so many stylish pillow options available from every home décor, big box and online retail shop. Sometimes having more options available to you can make the decision-making more difficult.
I’m working on a design project that will involve some new pieces of furniture but the real changes that will take place in the home will come from the accessories and accent furniture we’ll be adding. These two elements alone play a big role in giving a room its personality and building a strong design theme for a space.
When I’m creating a design plan for a client, there are several key questions I ask that help me in picking the accessories and accent furniture to be used in their home.
1) What is your favorite color?
2) Do you have a favorite pattern…flowers, stripes, geometries etc?
3) If you had to choose between linen and velvet which would you choose?
4) What at the favorite things you and your family like to do in thisspace?
5) What things don’t you like when it comes to décor? This is a question I think many designers assume their clients know the answer to. But when forced to really think about it there the answers might even amaze the homeowner themselves.
If you’re decorating or re-decorating a space in your home, answering these questions will help you understand your likes and dislikes and how you want to the space to feel.
I’ve been knee-deep in projects (resulting in this late Friday post) and all of them keep leading me to a design trend that just keeps gaining steam. Trellis Patterns have been on the top of the design “it” list for a while now and with the fresh, modern and classic feel they give to a room design, I don’t see them going anywhere soon.
Here are the trellis looks that have provided my most recent inspiration…
While this bold black and white pattern makes me a bit dizzy I still love the impact is gives! In a small bathroom, on a focal wall or lining the back of a closet, a trellis pattern is just about all the décor you’ll need.
The Imperial Trellis pattern, the most popular in this pattern group is perfect as an accent on pillows…
as curtain panels…
on a chair…
or covering an ottoman!
I also love the look of a trellis pattern lining the backs of bookcases. The pattern draws you in but still allows the decorative elements to stand out.
Here are a few more trellis pattern styles that are inspiring.
I love the look of this reverse color trellis design, still bold but in a more subtle way.
In a non-traditional color, a trellis pattern is a great option for a ladies dressing room, closet or home office.
And in a classic green color, the trellis pattern provides a perfect contrast to classic black and gold.
Classic * Modern * Edgy * Timeless * Fresh * Dynamic * Bold===What’s not to love about Trellis Patterns?
In doing a little research on the trellis pattern, I learned that the first trellis wallpaper design was originally printed by William Morris in 1864 in England. It was supposedly inspired by a trellis in his garden at Red House in Kent, England. I also learned that Morris lived by one of my favorite mottos…“Have nothing in your house which you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
I love designing spaces when patterns are involved but, patternwork can be a very personal thing.
Some people like florals while others like geometrics. And, some people like traditional patterns while some like more contempoary versions. However, when it comes to classic and timeless design style, there are FIVE PATTERNS that every home decor can benefit from. regardless of your design style.
STRIPES–one of the most classic patterns of all which can be interpreted in so many color combinations and widths.
PLAID–a more traditional pattern which lends a classic feel to decor. Smaller plaids take on a more casual, country feel and larger plaids can feel a bit more modern.
POLKA DOT–dots are a playful and whimsical addition to decor.
HOUNDSTOOTH–another classic pattern that lends itself to more traditional decor when done in black and white, and more contemporary decor when color is used.
CHEVRON–chevron patterns are perfect for all styles of decor. Depending on the width of the lines, chevron can feel classic or modern.
Here are a few inspirational images using the FIVE key patterns.
Be inspired by their application, placement and color variety.
Do you have one of these class patterns in your decor?
And, which is your favorite? Do tell!
Want to learn even more about how to incorporate patterns into your decor, check out the post I wrote on Pattern Mixing!