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Selective saturation. In this bedroom, designer Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design effortlessly mixes multiple patterned elements. By selecting fabrics and a wallpaper with the same level of intensity and saturation, De Vargas creates a space that feels united.
Wallpaper: Ferm Living; bed frame: custom, Turquoise; red blanket: John Robshaw; pillows: Duralee
Rely on reference points. Designer Molly Luetkemeyer wanted to create a home that made her feel like she was on vacation every day. This kitchen certainly does the trick, drawing inspiration from the Greek islands. The space features several design elements: a yellow-striped ceiling, a zebra-print rug, a modern floral roman shade. To pull the space together, Luetkemeyer repeats the hues found in these elements with accent pieces placed throughout the space. Green plants on the table and console mimic the backsplash. A small lemon-hued box ties into the ceiling.
Vary the scale and style. Many designers suggest mixing at least three patterns in a space when going for a layered, eclectic look. This keeps the concept looking like an intentional design choice and not a mistake. Remember to select patterns in a wide variety of scales (think small, medium, large). Also select a variety of styles (think floral, stripe, chevron).
Couch: vintage, Wertz Brothers; pillows: Colcha; rug: Weego Home
Hues in harmony. Black and white patterns dominate this living room, with pops of red working to unite the space. If you're concerned with creating a space that feels too busy, stick to a clearly defined color palette.
Wall paint: China White, Benjamin Moore; trim paint: Black, Benjamin Moore; rug: Stark
Space it out. Outdoor spaces are the perfect place to experiment with unexpected design choices. Side by side, the six different outdoor fabrics used on the empire of ottomans throughout this space may be overwhelming. Rather than place the patterns in one area of the room, scatter them throughout the space. This will keep the room feeling balanced and create interest throughout the room.
Red chairs: Fermob, Plastica; upholstered seating design: Pae White, 1301PE Gallery; seating fabric: Sunbrella
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