It’s worth the effort
“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