Day 8 with Alexa Hampton
One of the things most people notice as they take a tour through By Design's office is how many fabric books are stacked and stacked all over our work area. There must be several hundred fabric books filled with thousands of fabrics- silks, chenilles, linens, patterns, solids, wovens, velvets, stripes, paisleys, etc., etc.! Fabric selection is one of the most important and many times the most fun aspect of a project. Fabrics themselves provide contrast and interest and with so many choices, a completely unique design.
Fabric pallets often set the tone for a design- a combination of patterns, colors and textures to be used in a variety of areas in a space connect the elements of the space as well as create interest.
Here are a few fabric selection tips:
*Using a solid on a large sofa creates a backdrop for fun patterns and stripes as pillows
*Large scale prints are great to use on window treatments because their patterns are muted in the folds of the treatments
*Sheers are also wonderful for window treatments. They soften the natural light and can create a warm glow within a space
*Embroidered or colorful and intense patterns are great for throw pillow that can be moved about a space and won't suffer the wear and tear of a chair or sofa.
For more style guidance, check out Alexa Hampton's recent book “The Language of Interior Design.” I strongly recommend this book if you need a gift idea for anyone on your list or if you’d like to treat yourself to an amazing read and some beautiful photos.
Click here to purchase her book on Amazon.com
Tue, January 11, 2011
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