Home Decorating 101 (Part II)

As the chalkboard says Welcome Back to Part II of Home Decorating 101… as a continuation to last weeks lesson we’re going to focus on using colour, pattern and texture in our home decor projects.

Textures, patterns and colour are the building blocks of your home decorating palette.  One’s able to use these 3 elements to create the style, mood and feel of each room in their home.

1) Creating Colour

  • Cover large spaces in warm, cozy and strong colours.
  • Paint small spaces in whispers of a cool, light colour
  • Dark, warm colours bring your walls in making the space feel smaller (cozy)
  • Light, cool colours make walls seem further away helping to open up a space.
  • For the best colour schemes pick neutral colours that you’ll never grow tired
  • Remember to distribute colours in a natural fashion; dark colours on the floor, medium colours on the walls and light colours on the ceiling. It’s all about using the law of chromatic distribution.
    • Put neutral colours on large surfaces or objects such as the floor and or sofa.
    • Use stronger shades in a smaller amount on smaller spaces or items such as a short wall or a chair.
    • Pick the strongest accent colour in the smallest spaces and places.
    • Scatter accent colour(s) around the room to make an impact.

2) Time for some Texture

  • Traditional rooms look best in refined, smooth textures.
  • Contemporary spaces need more textural interest.
  • Rooms with a more feminine feel need elegant and subtle textures.
  • Masculine decor calls for nubby, tweed and rugged texture
  • Heavy textures tend to ‘eat’ or take up space… so use them only in larger or cozy rooms.
  • The more neutrally colour the room the more important adding elements of texture is important.

3) Playful Patterns

  • Not sure when enough is enough?  PLAY IT SAFE! Use three different patterns that contrast in scale but relate in colour.
  • Don’t be afraid to place pattern everywhere!  Put the same pattern on the walls, windows & furnishings.
  • Mix patterns such as checks with florals or large scale patterns with small scaled.
  • Thinking about going all the way…what about 5 patterns?  This is definitely an option but there are a few things to remember; let one large scaled pattern dominate over one medium scaled floral and another geometric, and toss in two small scaled accent patterns.  Make sure the colours in the large scaled pattern are repeated in all the others.

Hopefully this weeks lesson has inspired you to try something new and thing out o the box… it’s not all about white, off white or the many shades of tan we all gravitate towards.  Stayed tuned to Part III next week when we focus on Handy Measurements.





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