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Learn to use the different pattern designs to enhance your house

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th October 2008 03:00 AM

PATTERNS add touch to a room and contrast with solids. But one has to use them consciously because many times they may destruct people from the beauty of the furniture and walls.

BY JACINTA DEBUNI

PATTERNS add touch to a room and contrast with solids. But one has to use them consciously because many times they may destruct people from the beauty of the furniture and walls.

Use prints on pieces that are prone to getting dirty. Big florals, plaids and stripes on a patterned rug are a mistake.

Ideal patterns for draperies and upholstery are translucent tone-on-tone prints. When you fall in love with a piece of upholstered furniture, make sure you do not forget the fabric. Be sure the pattern on the seat cushion lines up with the upholstered frame. Welts should be even and skirts should be lined.

When upholstering with patterns, remember that prints look best on simple graphic shapes with exposed legs. A sofa looks less rigid with a subtle large-scale print on the seat with a solid body and back cushions.

In the bedroom, use soft print for walls and curtains. A bed can be dreamy with a bed-spread in transparent patterns.

Never use too many floral and plaids in the same area or disparate, jarring prints in one room. The same way, never use large patterns on delicate furniture.

Major mistakes with patterns usually occur in scale. A pattern’s size greatly affects colour and shape.

The writer is an interior designer

Learn to use the different pattern designs to enhance your house

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