How to mix pattern into your interior – clash or match?

Fabric, Fashion, Inspiration, Interior trends, Textiles

Pattern brings personality to a room. There are two ways to introduce pattern into a space, the safe calculated matching way and then the clashing quirky way.

To clash or match that is the question?

As I have mentioned in my blogs before I often look to fashion to see what will be trending in interiors. Currently pattern clashes are trending in the fashion world and beginning to seep through to interior design. The vintage interior theme is popular at the moment, this theme carries clashing prints really well. But is there a right and wrong way to clash prints? I think the key is to have a bit of fun, mix up your prints and go with what you like.  I think clashes work well as long as your colour scheme is similar then patterns can clash. For instance small or large print floral, paisley, bold abstracts, images and checks and stripes all can work together when they are in the same colour family.  I think the unexpected element of surprise of mismatch can bring individuality and personality to a space.

 To match is much easier in theory. For example one way to achieve a perfectly matched interior is to pull your theme from the supplied stories that come in soft furnishing fabric sample books as fabric houses have generally designed them to match.

 Mood boards work well to help you design your scheme, using small samples of the fabrics prints that your are considering will help steer your scheme.

Let me encourage you to clash a little, push the pattern boundaries, explore what different patterns look like together and have some fun with pattern.

All interior images from Houzz

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what a KNIT interior

Furniture, Inspiration, Interior trends, Textiles, Uncategorized

Big cosy knit blanket

Knit Stools by Claire Anne O’Brien

Crochet stool

Just for grins – someone really loves to knit

Designer knit bean bags

Upholstered knit armchair

Nordic bliss scandinavian style country romantic white crochet sofa

Knit brit chair

Wouldn’t you just love to be relaxing in a crochet hammock right about now?

Crochet curtain screen

Crochet curtain

Cable knit floor rug

Cable knit bath mat

Knitted jars

Cable knit inspired dinnerware

cable knit bedspread – personal favourite

Big cable bedspread throw

Black crochet blanket on white bedspread

Contemporary knit bedspread – from design sponge

I’m starting to see a stronger reference to the art of knitted and crocheted homewares being used in domestic interior trends, are you?

I remember the days back in my childhood when my mum taught me to knit and my grandmother taught me to crochet.  My mother (now deceased) was never idle…. if she was watching TV (a rarity) she was knitting as well…. you get the picture.  Knitting….  5 years back I may have thought was a lost art, some may even think it today but no I think it’s back.  You only have to dig deep into that recycled, vintage, home made interior bent that I was talking about to see that knitwear woman’s fashion isn’t the only thing that is making a come back.  As pictured above our interiors now have the opportunity to be graced with yester years homely memories in the form of knitted cushions, lampshades, cable throw rugs, bedspreads, place mats, upholstery, floor rugs and more.

If you want to buy some knitted homewares go here OR here

All I know is sometimes its nice to look back and reclaim some of those beautiful memories surrounding the skills learnt and passed down through the generations and implement them in a new way to create a new look for our current generation of interiors.  I know I will be teaching my kids how to knit.

Have you implemented any knitted furnishings into your current home decor?  I’d love to see pictures or hear about it…..

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Arts and Crafts

Art, Textiles
I was just thinking about how craft is trending at the moment. A certain market of people tend to be leaning away from mass produced to the crafted handmade industry.  I read something along those lines today on twitter (I think)……

Which reminded me of a book about William Morris that my Great Aunt gave me years ago. It was an illustrated biography of William Morris’ life and how he was tired of the industrial revolution with its mass production and went back to producing beautiful hand made textiles, fabrics, rugs and how this started the whole of the Arts and Crafts movement.

There is something special about the return to the simple process that a handmade piece of Art or Craft requires along with the uniqueness and originality that it automatically possesses.  

Can I encourage you to make or buy some art or craft. It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment to know that you created something yourself or to have an original handmade item adorning your space.

 

William Morris – Then
William Morris – Now

William Morris – Willow Bough design
William Morris Wallpaper Design 1896

William Morris tiled fireplace
Miss USA Susie Castillo, William Morris inspired gown.

William Morris, Petroglyph Vessel – Blown Glass.