De­signer O oline de Vries talks about the art of mix­ing and match­ing pa ern for max­i­mum im­pact

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How do you achieve har­mony when com­bin­ing very di!er­ent pa"erns?

I’m a great be­liever that more is more! Some­how a scheme works be!er when you use mul­ti­ple pa!erns in­stead of one. It’s all about shi"ing the fo­cus. If there are lots of things to draw the eye, you tend to fo­cus on the whole room in­stead of hom­ing in on the one area with the out­spo­ken pa!ern. Us­ing the same pa!ern in di#er­ent sizes within a room scheme is an­other in­ter­est­ing way to layer de­signs. The di#er­ence in scale makes you more aware of the pa!ern you are ac­tu­ally see­ing. I think it’s a re­ally fun and quirky ap­proach. I also think plain fab­rics and paint­work can help make bold pa!erns work be!er to­gether. It will calm down the room, even if you’re us­ing bold colours.

Do cer­tain rooms de­mand speci#c treat­ments?

I have just in­stalled a dark green wall­pa­per, Tang­ier green, in a north­fac­ing room in our house, which felt like a bit of a risk. I do re­ally like it but it’s de$nitely dark. If you want to try darker wall­pa­pers, I think I would now ad­vise hang­ing them in the light­est rooms of your house!

What is your start­ing point when choos­ing pa"erns for a par­tic­u­lar room?

I be­gin with a colour scheme and se­lect one lead­ing pa!ern that suits it. Then I top it up with any­thing else that works. For in­stance, the wall­pa­per in our hall­way is based on art made by fol­low­ers of the De Stijl art move­ment. It has a lim­ited colour pale!e and a min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic. Yet, when you are sur­rounded by it, the de­sign is ac­tu­ally very dec­o­ra­tive. Red and white stripes are such a clas­sic com­bi­na­tion and al­ways work. The mir­ror was just an ex­per­i­ment. I felt the space was miss­ing some­thing and I liked the idea of a mir­ror in the hall. Ini­tially, I tried a tra­di­tional one with a gold frame, but that didn’t do it for me. So I bought an­other one with a plain white frame from a DIY store and I glued my le"over wall­pa­per around it. I knew it would be fun. Lay­er­ing pa!erns can hardly go wrong!

What ad­vice do you have for read­ers who like the idea of bold pa"erns but feel ner­vous about them?

Try out bold wall­pa­per in the loo or an­other small room where it won’t ma!er and you won’t need to use too much. Or buy an in­ex­pen­sive an­tique chair and have it re­uphol­stered with a bold fab­ric. It will add so much soul. Cush­ions are also a re­ally good way of ex­per­i­ment­ing with us­ing di#er­ent de­signs along­side one an­other. For in­stance, the cush­ions in my bed­room fea­ture three very di#er­ent de­signs (Sky­line The Hague, Re­gal Fungi and Porce­lain Wings), but the fact they are all blue and white cre­ates har­mony.

Do you have any favourite pair­ings within your own range?

I love pair­ing my de­signs! So many of them can be com­bined. I’m cur­rently ob­sessed with my lat­est de­signs, which are all in­spired by O !oman mo­tifs. I like to com­bine all kinds of geo­met­ric pa!erns and play with the size of the re­peats and the colour scheme. Gen­er­ally, I like to use at least one de­sign with a bit of white when mix­ing di#er­ent pa!erns.

Don’t be afraid of bold and un­ex­pected com­bi­na­tions. De­spite be­ing a more or­ganic de­sign, Clas­sic Chin­ta­mani mus­tard/green looks good along­side geo­met­ric re­peats Mon­tana green and Tang­ier green; in­spired by the na­tional flower of her home­land, th­ese...

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