Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Real Life Pattern Play

This week's pattern play is a real life example that I'm working on for a client. I thought I'd use the living room project fabrics for this week's post. This photo accurately portrays (for the most part) the colors in the fabrics that were chosen for the room.


The floral pattern to the left really shows the entire color palette for the room. I took a small risk proposing this particular fabric because my client said "no florals" but I thought this was a nice compromise and what I like to call a handsome botanical. This handsome botanical will be lumbar pillows on the chairs.

That large check fabric at the top right is going to be on the sofa. It reads tan in this photo but it's more of a cream color. It's hard to tell from the photo, but that solid blue fabric is a herringbone and it's a stunner in person. That will be used on the two armchairs.

And then the other two fabrics will also be used for pillows.

So my question for you is...what type of fabrics and patterns do you gravitate toward? If you got to choose any pillow to start a design concept board, what would that fabric look like? It's a tough decision but I think your preference gives a hint toward your design style.

17 comments:

  1. Holly, those are some stunners and so expertly pulled together, no wonder your client loved them!
    I am drawn to large loose patterns with color, a pretty broad category I know!

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  2. i cannot wait to see this come together, Holly! You've tied everything together with their rug beautifully!! I had a very similar black floral years ago. I'd definitely choose a large floral or geometric!

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  3. I usually gravitate towards either geometric or bohemian fabrics. I've been learning to love florals though, and I can see why your client is happy with the one you chose! That fabric for the sofa is genius. I love how it's neutral but still has something to make it interesting. Gorgeous work Holly!

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  4. That's a tough question Holly. It changes regularly for me, but right now I'm really in love with geometrics and ikats. I love to see multiple colors used in both.

    Beautiful palette. Looking forward to seeing it come together.

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  5. So, so gorgeous. I'm glad your client agreed about the black "floral" fabric, because it going to be the focal point, even on lumbar pillows. So gorgeous!

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  6. I love this combination. You can't go wrong with a handsome botanical and the couch is going to amazing. I am drawn to herringbones, stripes and large checks. So classic!

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  7. I love paisley, I'm not a pastel person, so would want deep, rich tones. But then balanced with lighter neutrals/colours to keep the feeling fresh and light. I have to admit, black is a go-to for me, so I am completely head-over-heels for the handsome botanical you proposed. And the blue in it is beautiful. Great choice - I don't think your client will be disappointed.

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  8. These are fantastic together, Holly!! That black botanical is beautiful, so glad your client went for it! Can't wait to see this room come together:)

    So glad you are excited about the next MBM! But sorry the Flyers are out of it:( (They were my next choice once the Bruins lost!)

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  9. Oh Holly,
    I adore these fabrics - they look great together. I feel like I am shunning florals lately - I keep gravitating to the geometric patterns and quirky pieces like that one with the man on it you are using for pillows.

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  10. Holly...that is a beautiful plan...love how you mixed in the toile.

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  11. I love these fabrics! This will be a gorgeous room. I also gravitate towards big, bold prints for pillows and keep the furniture more neutral and solid. This way, when your tastes change over the years, it's cheaper to make the changes. Have a great weekend and happy mama's day! :)

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  12. Beautifully pulled together, and I love that "floral" you chose. Very unique. I usually gravitate to fabrics with a loose, organic feel to them. I like the mix of a strong geometric with something softer as well. Its hard...there's so many gorgeous choices out there! Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

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  13. Love the fabrics!! what a great mix. The living room is going to look fantastic

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  14. That's a great fabric combo and color pallet, and that toile is so intriguing!

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  15. I love those colors! But anything with that blue gets me every time ;-)

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  16. Ooo. I'm really liking your handsome botanical! And that fact that it will be used for a lumbar! Love that Betwixt too. I always admire people who can mix fabrics. It is such a downfall for me.
    Camille

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  17. I love the term handsome botanical. I'll have to remember that next time I try to bring a floral home. I love geometrics and florals.

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