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Design Dialogue – October 3, 2013

Design Dialogue – October 3, 2013

Hello, everyone!  It’s time for your chance at FREE interior design advice…  let’s talk fall projects!  School is back in session around the country, giving you a bit more time to focus on home improvement projects before winter.  Looking for advice on exterior home finishes or interior design?  Welcome to the weekly Design Dialogue!  

Every Thursday, I offer you a chance to ask design questions and get some answers.  Whether you need advice on a paint color, help with a room layout or suggestions for window treatments, this is a great place to get some free design advice – just in time for those weekend projects.  Free design advice!  Or, if you want to chat about design trends, the newest colors on the market or that great piece of furniture you saw last week, this is the place.  If you spot any great deals on home decor, feel free to share them here, as well.

So, let’s get started!  Leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below.  I’ll be checking in throughout the day to offer advice and answer questions; you are also invited to answer questions posed by your fellow readers.  Let’s get this conversation started!New Kitchen

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3 Responses to Design Dialogue – October 3, 2013

  1. Kit M. says:

    I just managed to delete my descriptions, so here is a second try.
    It’s still Thurs. in Minn. so I hope you might still be willing to help me?
    I found your article about selecting fabrics for a space very helpful. I am wondering how one factors in a patterned rug into what you said about the patterns and scale of the fabrics.
    My statement fabric is silk that covers a small cushion and pillows for a sofa/chairs. Just one color, a taupe, goes with the rug.
    The rug is taupe, cream, paprika and gray and is wool.
    The cushion has some taupe in it, but otherwise is in a cooler palette of gold to amber and taupe; lavender to amethyst; watermelon to orange and pink; peridot.
    I am flummoxed as to what to choose. Can you help?
    Thank you Obiwan– you are my only hope!
    Truly, Kit

    • Teri says:

      Hello, Kit! Thanks for visiting…of course I’ll give you some tips!

      Glad you found the article helpful. Essentially, you will work with your rug as if it was another fabric. If your rug has a very large-scale pattern, then choose fabrics in smaller patterns to go along with it. The reverse is also true: if your rug has a very small, busy pattern, choose a larger-scale pattern for your other fabrics in the room.

      You didn’t say whether your statement fabric and rug are a geometric pattern or an organic pattern, so I’ll assume the latter. If your fabrics are mostly organic patterns, consider adding a stripe, check or plaid to the mix – something geometric will add structure and contrast the patterns already in the room. (if your statement fabric and rug are already geometric, do the opposite, and add fabrics with an organic pattern into the room).

      If you really want your statement fabric to be the star of the show, you may want to keep all the other fabrics more toned-down and simple, perhaps using a tone-on-tone damask or stripe. This would add interest and texture to the room without adding busyness and clutter to the fabric mix.

      As for color for other fabrics in the room, I would look to pull another color from either the rug or the statement fabric. Taupe would certainly tie everything together nicely, but you may also be able to find a tone of paprika that would work nicely with both elements – it doesn’t have to be a perfect match, but something close enough to tie things together.

      I hope that answers some of your questions…good luck!

  2. Kit M. says:

    Hello again Teri,
    This helps tremendously–thank you! And, you were correct that the statement fabric and the rug both have organic elements.
    I cannot wait to read more of your website.
    Thank you again.
    Truly, Kit

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