|S&H Rugs sent the following in as a press release, it is so good that we are posting it almost unedited.
A common dilemma of do-it-yourself designers (which is most of us!) is we know what we like but we don’t know how to achieve it or where to start. This dilemma is particularly true if you like the maximalism look and want to mix different patterns and colors. Here are five tips to help get you going with confidence.
- Start with the Foundation
Similar to makeup artists who advise foundation as the place to begin a makeover, so too with a room. Begin at the base. Choose a rug as your foundation because your rug choice is the key to success. For anyone building their design confidence we recommend a patterned vintage rug with gently faded colors, or if you prefer new, a transitional rug which combines a classic pattern with contemporary colors. These two rug categories will help you to “blend” layers of pattern and color in your room. A generously sized rug that anchors your room’s furniture will also help you to blend and coordinate pattern and colors. A large rug size does not necessarily mean a high rug price. Our vintage rug selection includes many affordable room-sized rugs.
2.Colors: Mother Nature Knows Best
It’s often said there are no color clashes in nature. Famous English interior designer David Hicks said colors don’t clash, they “vibrate”. What he meant by “vibrate” is colors that club together on the color wheel like pink and orange. Adjacent colors seem to “vibrate” and create a memorable “chromatic afterimage” when used in a room or for example in a orange, red, yellow color block painting by Mark Rothko. Color vibration is probably why so many visitors to India fondly remember the country’s vivid color juxtapositions. But regardless of Mother Nature, David Hicks, and the joys of Indian design, colors can clash for those who aren’t experts at interior design, which leads us to our next tip.
3. Color Intensity
Pink and orange or the explosion of colors and patterns in Sasha Bikoff’s on-trend room designs require superb skills and knowledge of color theory to pull off. So what do the rest of us do if we want a mix of colors and patterns? The answer is color intensity and pattern-on-pattern rhythm (see tip 5). Color intensity borrows the “rules” used in color analysis for clothing. Choose any colors you like as long as they are grouped in one of six “intensity” categories: light, deep, bright, soft, warm, cool. We’ve seen a design scheme on the cover of an international magazine where the designer combined ten patterns and colors, yet the room was a calm oasis because the colors were in a single intensity group, the patterns followed rhythm and scale rules, and one large block of solid color (the drapery of the bedroom’s four poster bed) to provide a resting point for the eyes.