EW: What approach do you take when selecting patterns and colors?
TF: The art of mixing color and pattern with success is all about scale. I typically start with one large-scale signature fabric for each room. It is typically either a floral or a geometric. I then begin to pair other fabrics in a medium scale, then down to a smaller scale like a mini-print and then on to solids. Solids really make up the majority of most of my rooms, but I use the signature showstopper fabric in such a bold way, it is really what people notice the most. Some people who try to use large and colorful prints mix them with too many other bold fabrics of the same scale and then the eye doesn’t know where to focus. Just one “diva” of a fabric for each room results in the most success.
This space is an textbook example of Fairley's approach to mixing fabrics.