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How To Mix And Match Patterns Like A Pro

Nerissa Vanderkooi - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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Here are some tips from our fabric wholesaler Charles Parsons Interiors on how best to mix and match patterns:

Don't shy away from prints and patterns. While it may seem less of a risk to stick to a neutral colour scheme or monochromatic palette, prints and patterns have the power to completely transform and elevate a space into a chic interior. It's simply a matter of carefully and tastefully curating the patterns so they work seamlessly together in a complementary manner.

It can understandably be tricky to master mixing and matching patterns from the get go – many interior designers hone these very skills over a career, while others have an instinctive, natural aptitude for pairing prints. No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, there are universal tips and tricks to succeed in this styling process. Here are a few of these, backed by industry professionals.

Tip 1: Rely on a cohesive colour palette

"To find the balance between matchy-matchy and clashing, it's all about choosing an overarching colour palette," suggests interior stylist Justina Blakeney in an interview with Architectural Digest.

As the author and owner of the popular Bohemian-inspired blog, The Jungalow, Blakeney relies on the use of a single colour to tie the patterns together. This doesn't mean you have to pick the exact same hue, but rather varying light and dark tones of the same base colour will also work harmoniously together with the diverse patterns.

Try this tip by matching the swirling pattern upholstery fabric of Maze Turquoise on your cushions or armchairs, paired with Brussels Lagoon for your curtains to combine both in the same overarching blue scheme.

Tip 2: Choose a classic pattern across multiple surfaces

Classic patterns, such as stripes, polka dots or the on-trend chevron, are timeless and have been used decade after decade in interior design.

The perk of these tried-and-tested patterns is that you are likely to find them in a wide range of surfaces, not just commercial textiles. Artworks for your walls, ceramic vases, candle stands, rugs, throws and even lamp shades can be found with striped, dotted or chevron patterns adorning them.

This means you can layer the patterns throughout the room, choosing the same print but in different thicknesses or fading aesthetics. In the picture shown below, the chevron print is brought out through a modern, abstracted artwork for the wall as well as a crisp upholstery fabric on the cushions. The triangular forms are echoed by the statement pendant light fixture and the delicate, brass and copper wire basket displayed on the shelves. Sheer curtain drapery basks the room in light, showcasing the chevron pattern in all its glory.

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Tip 3: Use scale to your advantage

Interior Design Pro suggests playing with the scale of patterns, experimenting with big and bold patterns beside small and delicate prints. Although there is no strict rule of thumb, most professionals will recommend not going beyond three to four different patterns when dabbling in scale as any more could become jarring and overwhelming.

Give this tip a whirl by choosing the bigger scale flowers on Poppy Fuchsia designer upholstery fabric with the tinier, more delicate floral imagery of Litzy Mauve solid drapery fabric.

Tip 4: Balance with neutrals strategically

It helps to soften prints and patterns with solid neutrals. In an interview with House Beautiful, designer Ashley Whittaker shared her top advice on how to strategically use solid neutrals to your advantage.

"I always tell clients not to be scared of pattern," said Ms Whittaker. "They'll look at six-by-six-inch swatches tightly clustered on a table and say, 'ooh, wow… that seems like a lot.' Of course I interspersed them with solids and neutrals."

For interspersing your prints, stock up on versatile neutrals such as creme, beige, brown, grey, white or black commercial textiles.

Tip 5: Choose prints or patterns that match the style of your home design

Is your interior decor more contemporary, sleek and modern or antique, vintage and rustic-chic? Patterns and prints will also fall into these two spectrums of style, with some more futuristic and mod while others nodding to the past with ornate, intricate line work.

The trick to succeeding with a modern scheme is to prioritise block colours and solid upholstery fabric, in keeping with the minimalism vibe, but to introduce one standout feature print. The image shared below does exactly that – the sofa, rug, cushions and furniture are all in single colours in block materials with not a single pattern anywhere in sight. Instead, one feature wallpaper with bold yellow and white prints ties into the rest of the decor by staying in the same overarching colour scheme but easily stands out from the rest of the room thanks to the pattern.

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On the other hand, a bohemian vintage look will clutter and clash as many different earthy, organic prints such as leaves and plants with bold, vibrant colours – both looks have their own value and impact, so choose your own preference.

Charles Parsons Interiors is one of the largest and most diverse fabric wholesalers in Australia and New Zealand. For more information on their collections and more tips on how to select your fabrics head to www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

Less Cute, More Chic: The Path to a Sophisticated Nursery

Danielle Crosby - Monday, April 13, 2015

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Here are some tips from houzz on how to make your babies' rooms effortlessly stylish and just as fun without resorting to cliché colours and motifs.

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Proud Sponsors of Grand Designs Live

Danielle Crosby - Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Dollar Curtains & Blinds were proud sponsors of the Grand Designs Live Exhibition.

In the Design Panel, Michelle West spoke on behalf of Dollar Curtains & Blinds and Maurice Kain Fabrics on how to enhance your home and lifestyle with our Window Furnishings.

DCB Designs products were also featured in the Rooms by Design, our Grey Velvet Baroque Chair a beautiful addition in the corner of one of the rooms.

The show was a must see event, make sure you make it to the show next year to see how you can create your own 'Grand Design'.

Light Home - Colour Directions

Danielle Crosby - Monday, September 30, 2013

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Light Home gives some insight into interior colour directions. They look at three brands doing subtle colours with style, including Charles Parsons Interiors.

See the editorial on Light Home's website: http://www.lighthome.com.au/green-living-blog/bye-bye-brights-hello-pastels

You can check out more fabrics from Charles Parsons Interiors online: http://www.charlesparsonsinteriors.com.au

Visit one of our stores to see fabric ranges from Charles Parsons.

Grand Designs Exhibition Melbourne

Danielle Crosby - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Dollar Curtains and Blinds are sponsoring Grand Designs Live Melbourne.

Come see us at the Design Stage in the Grand Designs Live Interiors Zone.

The Design Stage boasts a fun-packed, diverse schedule of sessions for visitors to pick up some insider secrets and know-how. There will be a variety of seminars from how colour impacts on our living spaces to the latest in sustainable principles for the home.

Step into a world where the latest in interior design meets state-of-the-art concepts and see some of the funkiest interior design and colour concepts in the Rooms by Design. Explore three amazing, thought-provoking room designs focussing on the advancements altering the way we live and the spaces we live in.

The Grand Designs Live Interiors Zone brings you the perfect mix of leading brands and inspiration for your own grand interior plans.

You can view their website here - www.granddesignslive.com.au

Hunter Douglas 2013 Trends

Danielle Crosby - Friday, September 13, 2013

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Hunter Douglas presented their 2013 Trends at the Blind Manufacturers Association of Australia 2013 Super Expo.

Four trends are featured - Harvest, Shadow, Stream and Hub.

http://www.hunterdouglas.com.au

External Warmth

Danielle Crosby - Sunday, September 01, 2013

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Already renowned for its quality indoor window furnishings, Dollar Curtains and Blinds is fast establishing a reputation as the go-to place for outdoor shutters, awnings and blinds.

Dollar Curtains’ expansion into the outdoor arena is fast paying off for the firm.

Used to create additional outdoor living areas and to provide protection from the elements, Dollar Curtains consultants will tell you external window furnishings are a must for every home. They’re very durable and they save you money in terms of gas and electricity bills.

The firm supplies manual awnings, automatic awnings, external shutters, spring roller blinds, zip track, channel x and bistro blinds – all of which work by creating an air pocket between the outside elements and the window’s glass pane. The laws of heat transfer then ensure that the pocket provides a buffer between the weather outside and the desired temperature inside, reducing the need for costly heating and air-conditioning.

External blinds and awnings also offer the best protection of any window coverings from solar heat gain in the summertime.

The Finer Things

Danielle Crosby - Saturday, August 31, 2013

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Sensitivity towards customers’ personal taste is of utmost importance to the team at Dollar Curtains and Blinds, whose furnishing solutions can be matched to suit any style.

“For this project, we needed to incorporate the customer’s gilded mirrors and French ornamental vases to complete the picture,” the Chirnside store manager says.

“After spending many hours going through every swatch on the stand and every book of trims, we achieved the rich and opulent look required.

“We added cushions with matching trims and fabrics, table and bed runners and spreads to complete the picture.”

Coastal Class

Danielle Crosby - Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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Modern architecture called for a fresh take on window furnishings at this stunning beach front house. 

The first step was to decide on a colour scheme, Dollar Curtains and Blinds’ Batemans Bay store manager says.

“Customers’ personal colour preferences are really important to us, as they’ll be the ones living at the house; not our staff.” Following that first step, the building’s vast array of large curved windows and its vista across the water were taken into consideration.

“Other than aesthetics, things considered for this project included insulation, light control, UV protection and the maintenance of million dollar sea views. “We decided to use sunscreen roller blinds for their ability to maintain views whilst insulating the house and providing protection from the sun. “Likewise, timber shutters covered all the requirements, so we used them in the bedrooms.”


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