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2 Fashionable & Easy Ways to Bring Color and Pattern into your Home Today
In January I blogged about my 10 Top 2017 Home Design Trends. Inspired by that post, I want to share two tried and true, fashionable and easy ways to bring color and pattern into your home today. Being trendy can be scary. What if you try it and don’t like it? We all know trends come and go but there is no reason to fear testing one out. When we look back at old photos or even movies, we see many trends that were hot, and now are not. This is as true in fashion as in interior design. If you are afraid to totally commit to the layered color and pattern trend in your home, start small with some accessories.
Who says accessories can only be decorative.
I don’t know about you but I love things which serve multiple purposes. Accessories can be functional as well as beautiful and are the perfect way to test out design trends. Arrange several brightly colored vases on a table and you have a collection. Just add flowers and you have functional accessories.
Pillows: An instant Gratification Solution
I know that there are so many things to choose from so I say what better way to bring pattern and color into your home than to start with some brightly colored pillows. Who doesn’t like to curl up with a book and relax with some over-sized fluffy pillows? And today there are so many colors and patterns to choose from. Pillows are the perfect instant gratification solution.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors in your home. Ever look at a beautiful flower garden? It is a perfect example of color and pattern mixed together. Mother nature is really good designer.
Because too much of anything can become simply too much, start out small. Pick one room and add a couple brightly colored pillows. Jewel tones are all the rage so why not try sapphire blue or ruby red, think Americana. If you like the look, then you can add a comfy throw and an assortment of small ceramic vases or a brightly colored woven basket to hold just about anything.
Rugs: To Add Warmth, Pattern & Color
A brightly colored area rug brings warmth, pattern and color to every room. Our friends at Creative Touch Rugs https://creativetouchrugs.com/ have some of the most beautiful patchwork rugs around. I use these rugs in family rooms, kitchens and bathrooms because they are practical as well as decorative. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these beauties. Vintage patchwork rugs are very affordable and come in a variety of colors and patterns. See something you like? Just let us know. The rugs and pillows are available through Thyme & Place Design.
What About Furniture?
The best advise I can give is spend wisely and invest your dollars on high quality neutral pieces that will last. Well-made furniture never goes out of style. Neutral furniture is the interior design version of the little black dress. You will keep the look up to date when you bring pattern and color into your home using wonderful accent pieces like pillows and rugs.
The most important thing to remember is to be brave. These small accents are perfect first steps to incorporating new design trends into your home. Have some examples to share? We would love to hear from you.