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Have you ever felt a desire to do something wild and daring with your home but never had the chance? Have you spent countless hours looking at pictures of rooms with daring designs, furniture with unusual lines, patterns looking perfect against each other even though that never seemed possible? Combining different prints and patterns can make a room really come alive, but the question is — how not to make your room look like a circus in the end? Here is some basic information considering patterns mixing in your home:
Balance is the key
First of all, remember these magic numbers: 60-30-10. It is an approach to home decoration where you should first have 60 percent of your favorite pattern, 30 percent of another pattern, and 10 percent of a third one just to accent everything. Try three patterns in a range of scales and see how it works out, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Keep in mind that using the same colours with different patterns can help balance things out and make even disparate patterns seem well-placed and in harmony. Emphasis should be put on underplayed shared colours in the patterns.
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Size does matter
Remember this: large pieces go well with large patterns while small patterns are perfect for small pieces. When choosing the place for the patterns you decided to use, always have in mind the space in which it will be placed. A large pattern works best on a large item, such as a wall, window treatment or area rug, because the space is large enough to accommodate the pattern in its entirety. A medium pattern is better suited to furniture and a small pattern to accent pieces. (Note: Sometimes, small patterns can look busy when used is large amounts.)
Patterns in action
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Toile + toile + stripes
Toile represents a scenic print filled with people and animals in action (seems a bit formal). It may seem too much even on its own, let alone adding something to it. However, if it’s carefully layered and has some stripes added to it, it can feel right. Try this: use one richly-coloured, large toile for the drapes and add some more only with less vivid backgrounds. Unbelievably, all this can be unified with some lovely, striped rugs and pillows in soft colours which will connect all.
Zigzag + Scroll + Geometric
Do not be afraid to fill the room with sharp, black-and-white patterns if you like it. Just make sure you also use softeners such as scroll pillows in soft tones, cocoa-coloured sofa, and emerald green plants. If you choose to put some crazy wallpapers on your walls, it might be a good idea to put in on one wall only, rather than all four. Also, it should be the wall in front of which comes the sofa and the armchairs. While you want to enjoy it when you walk in, it might be tiring to look at it all the time.
source: wearandwhere.co.ukFloral + Gingham
If you like floral patterns, you might want to temper it with simple pillows: giant gingham pattern looks great. Plain white furniture makes floral print feel modern rather than boring and old.
When planning the perfect cocktail party, think about incorporating a theme. This will set the mood of the event without adding to your budget and it will aid you with ideas for food, drinks, and décor. Your theme can be discreet, such as a flavor, color or cocktail that is represented throughout the evening. I have created a few guidelines to make your next cocktail party experience easy and stress-free. We will cover everything you need to host a fabulous fête, including planning, selecting a menu, setting up the bar, and setting the scene.
Cocktail party planning starts with sending invitations. They may be formal or informal, but what is important is that they convey proper information regarding the time and the place of the party. Save money and send an invite from Evite.com.
The traditional cocktail party fare is hors d’oeuvres—small, savory finger foods that can be eaten in one or two bites. Typically, hors-d’oeuvres are served before a meal and are not meant to be a substitute for a meal, however, nowadays I find that it’s common for hors-d’oeuvres to wind up replacing meals, so if your party takes place during dinner hours, plan to serve enough food to constitute a meal. Since you will be making various types of hors-d’oeuvres, you can serve high priced items such as caviar or smoked salmon and still have a little change left over.
You can experiment with a wide variety of food on your menu since everyone will be eating only a little taste. If they don’t like something, you can be confident that there will be plenty of other choices for them to find something they will enjoy. If you are not in the mood to prepare and cook, hiring a caterer or a personal chef will allow you to have fun with planning the theme, menu, drinks, and decorations. The beauty of cocktail party food is that it can be a fun, eclectic selection of items. Prepare a cocktail menu and plan out how you will prepare everything ahead of time.
Plan to serve wine and beer, as well as supplies for several kinds of cocktails. Have non-alcoholic alternatives on hand as well, and be sure you’ll have enough ice. You can also create a Signature drink if you have a theme setting. For instance, a James Bond theme you could feature martinis, shaken not stirred!
Choose which area of your home to use for your party well in advance, and set it up the day before the party so you have plenty of time to make last-minute changes. Arrange furniture so that guests can move throughout the room easily, clearing out extra furniture if necessary. Although most guests will be mingling, leave some furniture placed against the walls or in small clusters—there should be seating for 10 to 15 percent of your guests.
Set up drinks and hors-d’oeuvres a good distance from each other or at opposite ends of the room, to cut down on traffic around them. Decorate with table linens, candles, and simple floral arrangements. The complexity of the arrangements and quality of the linens should reflect the formality of the event.
Lighting helps establish the mood of a party. Avoid unflattering overhead lights and instead, use mood-enhancing candlelight. To get enough light, place candles in clusters. To jazz up your candles, wrap patterned paper around votive or candle holders and fastens with tape. If you don’t want to use candles, stick to table and floor lamps.
Music helps your guests relax and gets them in the proper party mood. Choose tunes that match your theme or the atmosphere you want to create. The most hassle-free way to deal with music is to create a playlist for the party so the music is taken care of for the entire evening and you won’t have to scramble to change CDs while trying to serve food. Have a few party games up your sleeve to break the ice and encourage your guests to mingle…and there you have it!
The key to any great party is for the host to have as much fun as the guests.
Another martini or canapé anyone…………?
Interior design trends are a lot like fashion trends, they come and they go. A number of interior design trends have potential to become classic styles; some trends will fade out as quickly as they got here. Trends are not created by waving a magic wand; they are the end result of a great deal of studying our environment including the influences that will impact our surroundings. These dynamic influences include social and economic issues, technology, lifestyles, entertainment, and most of all, the needs and desires of consumers.
You want a design that displays your personal style without having to spend a fortune on trendy items that you may be a little uncertain about, but you do like the current trend for the time being. So what do you do? As a designer, I suggest you invest your money in classic styles and add small amounts of the trend throughout your space.
A sure-fire way to add design trends to your home is through paint color or accessories. If you would like to add the current trend palette to your home decor, but you are not certain that you will adore it after a while, a quick solution to that design challenge is to disperse the color in small doses in effective ways that you will be happy with.
Toss in some accent pillows, vases or inexpensive window treatments. By creating layers of color in small quantities, you can achieve your desired look without making any major changes like purchasing a sofa or upholstering other large furniture items. Furniture trends are very iffy and costly. You must ask yourself a few questions like, does it fit your lifestyle and is it comfortable? The goal is to have the ease of changing out the trendy style when you’ve grown tired of it without draining your bank account.
Whether it’s a pattern like animal print or the color of the year, you don’t want to use too much. These trends can be a lot of fun, but will eventually go out of style. When using trendy patterns, try to keep them out of custom window treatments because curtains are usually a large focal point and you will probably grow tired of them quickly. Unless they are inexpensive department store draperies and can be replaced with no doubts. Patterns are most effective when repeated once or twice in your design space.
Creating a fabulous space in your home doesn’t have to be traumatic. Be bold and daring. Don’t be afraid to incorporate interior design trends in your living spaces. Invest in the classic styles and sprinkle in a little trend here and there. This will allow you to change-up your interior when the mood hits without any design regrets.