It's very interesting to me to see a person's tolerance for pattern. I have some clients who love pattern and color and want it all around them.
Todd Alexander Romano, Interior designer
Crosby street Hotel, private event & dining space
Then I have other clients who love patterns, but prefer something subtle and less obvious.
Joseph Minton, Riverhills show house for Southern Accents
Then I have some clients...and family members (you know who you are)....who love the interplay of solids and no pattern.
Some people love stripes.
Some people hate stripes.
Watergate Apartments, Washington, DC
Some get nervous when I pull out a mix of 4 or 5 different patterns for the same space.
Sorry, this was in the March issue of something !
Some really want the same pattern everywhere.
Nancy Serafini, Interior DesignerAnd some just don't want any pattern at all.
As a designer, I think I have to assess early one what my client's tolerance for pattern and color is. I think it's also a part of my job to "push the envelope" for my clients and show them something they would never think of....that IS why they have hired a designer after all. ( I will admit that they don't always know that's why they've hired me!)
I know my tolerance for bold and inventive uses of pattern and color is pretty high, which is why I get all over the new fabrics when they come in. For me, it's a litte difficult to get excited about a book of solid chennile when I can look at new book of prints or a modern wallpaper.
It's often the print and pattern that becomes the inspiration and the color palette in the room.
Fabric by Duralee
Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa - Groundworks
Barclay Butera for Kravet
GP&J Baker for Lee Jofa
The pattern often becomes the focal point to the room design.
Sometimes the pattern isn't the 'star', but the backup singer.
JMac and Kennedy Interiors
The pictures in this post clearly show that there is no "right or wrong" when it comes to using or NOT using pattern in your design plan.
It's all about your tastes and how you FEEL.....(How 60's does that sound???)
So, where are you on the pattern/color continuum?