- When mixing patterns, like florals and stripes, keep the color scheme in mind. As long as you are repeating the same colors, the patterns should coordinate well.
- Choose one patterned fabric and add solids and textures that pull out the colors from within.
- Solids do not have to be boring. Look for solid fabrics that are rich in texture. They add interest without appearing too "busy".
When choosing fabric colors, take the time to stop and think about the effect you desire. Do you want the fabric to stand out? For instance, if you are dressing a window, would you like it to be a focal point in the room, drawing your attention each time you enter? If this is the case, use a fabric color that contrasts with the wall color. The picture to the right is an example of using contrasting colors to draw your eye toward the window.
Would you prefer those window treatments to fade into the background and not steal the show? Then choose a color that is similar to the wall color. This will create a soothing, blended effect that will allow other furnishings or artwork to star in the room. The picture to the left is an example of how to use fabrics whose colors blend, allowing the artwork to be what catches your eye, not the pillow.
Remember though, blending fabrics with the wall color does not have to be boring. Think texture!
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