Why pattern is so important

Have you ever walked into a room that was so well designed and you thought “How in the heck did the designer think to put all this random stuff together and make it look so damn good???” Well its not magic (sort of) but it is a combination of pattern used correctly with scale and layering.

I get this question a lot from clients: “If I have too much pattern in a space, isn’t it going to look too busy and feel like there is too much going on?” and the answer is Hell No!! 😉 The truth is that a well curated space with a variety of pattern done in the right scale is the most beautiful and layered way to design a room. I often use the reference of a high end hotel. As a designer, I can’t help myself when I walk around a hotel or high end restaurant and I start touching all the walls and finishes. I’m sure people see me and think I am totally nuts. Those are some of the best places to see the way mixing pattern can make a place look amazing and so unique.  I like to bring up the fact that luxury hotels could have 20-30 different finishes and materials in a space, and then clients  realize that YES! in fact there are a bunch of finishes and patterns in those spaces. So when its done right it makes for amazing design. In my opinion its safe and easy to play it simple, but just like nature, there is pattern in everything. So please embrace the idea and when in doubt don’t shy away from using pattern.

Photo by Erika Bierman for ASD Interiors

Modern Windows on a Budget

Window coverings can add a lot to a space, and shouldn’t be overlooked just because you’re working with a small budget. Affordable drapery does not need to look cheap. Custom made drapery can be very pricey, so it is much easier to find ready-made options. Store bought drapery comes in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the appropriate style for your needs. Bed Bath & Beyond has a lot of great options at even better prices. One of our personal favorites is the Belmont Window Panels in faux suede. The soft material adds warmth and texture to a room, while providing a finishing touch to the over all style.

Belmont Window Panels in Coffeebean from Bed Bath & Beyond

The hardware for your window treatments are important to the detail. A fantastic option for modern design is the Modern Balance Rod from West Elm. This rod is simple but elegant; it’s clean lines adds to a modern space gracefully.

Don’t let your budget downsize your design. There are great ways to cut costs without having to cut corners.