Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Today, I want to show you what a difference it makes to tie color and pattern throughout a room.

This is a living room where I took some great before pictures
but they somehow got swallowed up in my computer and have never been found!

The homeowner had just inherited the white couch and two pink chairs, she had two china cabinets filled with many little treasures, and some teal carpet.

We wanted to figure out a way to tie what she had together so that it would make for a cozy, comfortable living room.

Notice the family portrait above the couch, they are all in blue, and there was no blue in the room, but this was the piece we wanted for a focal point.

So we added touchs of blue throughout the room.

In the china cabinet we put a blue vase and on the piano, a blue book. Also do you see the little floral piece in the oval frame, it has blue as well.

Now, notice the pattern that is in the pillow, the rug and the iron piece hanging over the piano, see how they are similar and fit nicely together.

The drapes also have a similar pattern and gold color,
see how we are tying those patterns AROUND the room.
See the blue book on the table.

She did not have the pillows before, but in the after they add definate pattern and texture to the room.

(The maroon color is pulled from the rug)

We placed just a few important items back in the china cabinet --- now you notice what is there.

See the blue book.

The couch is very inviting!

There is a little blue in the middle pillow on the couch.

The area rug really helps to take your eye away
from the teal carpet.
And it pulls in the gold and maroon colors together.

This mirror was from the 70's and at one time was hanging above a brick covered fireplace. (can't you just imagine it!)

We turned it vertical and placed it in the entry with a table,
and it has a whole new feel.

The gold frame with the ornate pattern has a similar
feel to the other gold pieces in the room.

Do you see how we are placing these similar patterns and colors throughout the space.
It works well to position them in somewhat of a triangle.

Now, notice how the color and pattern is placed in YOUR space and see if you can tie it together.

Your room will be more COZY!


  1. Blue Creek Home said...
    It is so useful when a post includes photos of the details, and why you did the things that you did. The room looks great.
    DesignTies said...
    I think putting an area rug over an existing rug or wall-to-wall carpeting is a great idea.

    I like how you put blue items around the room to tie in with the blue in the family portrait. It's a small detail, but makes a big difference.

    The dog video makes me laugh to the point of crying too!!

    Kelly @ DesignTies
    Anny said...
    Thank you for all the wonderful pointers :)
    Lindy said...
    I like the touches of maroon and blue. They tone down the pink chairs and make the room look less feminine. Nice job!

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