Interior design guidelines have become less rigid in recent years, with maximalist and eclectic styles emphasizing the ability to combine different patterns and colors. Classical and contemporary design elements can also be blended, and mixed and matched sets are becoming increasingly popular due to their uniqueness and ability to showcase personal style. However, with so many possibilities, creating a cohesive and balanced space can be a challenge, making the guidance of an interior designer invaluable.
One strategy that designers use is the starter fabric approach, in which a piece of fabric from an upholstered item with three to seven colors is chosen as the inspiration piece for the room. This fabric is the first item selected and serves as the foundation for the rest of the space’s furnishings and decor. The remaining items are selected to complement the starter fabric, pulling colors from it to create a cohesive look.
An experienced designer can help narrow down fabric and artwork choices to those that best match your preferences and the overall aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. Once you’ve identified the three to seven colors for your room, it’s essential to consider how they will be applied. Typically, a dominant color is used for the largest pieces of furniture. Neutral shades are often preferred, but bolder colors can also make a striking impression. A secondary color is used for accents throughout the room, and remaining colors are incorporated as accents to bring in pops of personality and color.
Mixing patterns is acceptable, as long as they adhere to the defined color palette. Texture also plays a crucial role in adding dimension and interest to a room, regardless of whether the inspiration piece is smooth or rough. By using a starter fabric, a space can be curated to reflect the owner’s personality while still maintaining a balanced and designer-approved look.
Feel free to contact Kristi at Birmingham Design Studio if you need help with your project.