It’s worth the ef­fort

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

“You can turn even the most or­di­nary box of a room into a show­piece with colour and pat­tern,” says Raby.

But she has found that peo­ple of­ten are afraid to ex­per­i­ment. To ease them into the process, she ad­vises a visit to a good fab­ric store.

“Choose a va­ri­ety of colours and pat­terns that you like best. It doesn’t mat­ter why,” she says, “just so they ap­peal to you.”

“Try to think out of the box. A touch of an­i­mal print, for ex­am­ple, can add ex­cite­ment to a room,” she says.

Then “take the swatches home, lay them on a ta­ble, mix them around, and elim­i­nate un­til you have your favourites, usu­ally three to five pat­terns in com­pat­i­ble shades,” Raby says. Like Nye and Chad­wick, she thinks odd num­bers pro­duce more in­ter­est­ing re­sults than even ones do.

And fi­nally? “Choose one with a large scale — that is, the biggest pat­tern; a sec­ond that’s medium-sized; and a third, the small­est.

If they’re all the same size the room will look too busy and over­whelm­ing,“ Raby says. One tech­nique she likes is to use the largest-scale pat­tern for the sofa, the medium-size one for a chair, and the small­est for drap­ery pan­els and throw pil­lows.

— The As­so­ci­ated Press

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