March 16, 2018
Decorating with pattern can be tricky, but getting it right adds depth, interest and contrast to an otherwise boring room. Read on for a few simple design tips to help you feel more confident bringing pattern into your space.
Tip 1: Proportion your use of patternGenerally, rooms looks best when about 40-60 percent of the room is patterned (include walls, floors, carpets, sofa, couches, wall hangings, pillows, etc. when you’re thinking about this percentage). This proportion helps your room to look fresh and interesting without being overwhelming. Give your eye space to rest by using solid colours and subtle textures on the unpatterned areas of the room. In this living space by Schoolhouse Electric, the loveseat, pillow, blanket and gallery wall are patterned, whereas the unpatterned areas of the room (shiplap walls, leather chair, area rug and hardwood floor) balance the room, while still adding interest and softness through varied textures.
Tip 2: Vary the scaleWhen you're just starting out, stick to 3-5 patterns in a room and use a mix of large, medium and small-scale prints that share a similar tone. Try mixing different types of prints such as florals, dots, stripes, geometrics, or abstracts. In the example below, we mixed a large-scale floral print with a medium-scale stripe and a small-scale geometric print. These three patterns share a jewel-tone palette, and have ivory white elements in common.
Tip 3: Think about your focal pointLarge-scale patterns draw the eye more than small-scale patterns. Choose a pattern in a large-scale to highlight a focal point, such as a graphic wallhanging on a feature wall, or a bold floral print on an upholstered accent chair. Use small-scale patterns for objects or areas that you’d like to recede or camouflage. (Wondering how to turn a quilt into a wallhanging? Check out this blog post.)
There you have it- 3 tips to get you started mixing patterns like a pro. Happy decorating!
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January 13, 2020
January 09, 2020
To kick off 2020, I’m sharing my punch needle evergreen pattern with you! When you're done stitching your tree you can turn it into a stuffy like I did, or fill in the background and turn it into a wall-hanging. This beginner pattern is great for using up yarn scraps, and is a fun addition to your winter decor now that the holidays are over.
November 24, 2019
Back in August, an editor at the U.K. magazine Mollie Makes emailed me to ask if I would be interested in designing and making a trio of punch needle animal stuffies for their December 2019 cover. I’ll admit I was intimidated- the deadline was tight considering my kids were still home with me for summer break, and I had more than a bit of performance anxiety (what if they’re just “meh” about the final product?).