bold pattern

Okay, let's talk pattern. We're not talking some soft, barely noticeable pattern, but something bold and daring. Open up any furniture catalog or peruse home design websites, it's difficult to find good examples of sofas with strong patterned fabrics. Are we afraid of pattern on larger pieces of furniture? Is it too much commitment or too bold for most homeowners? The lack of examples is most likely caused my some combination of these reasons. I know for my own furniture, it was important to have pieces that "would go with anything" or "would last a long time." But, where's the risk? Where's the leap of faith to get a really great and eye-catching design. Bold pattern doesn't have to be scary. It just has to be done correctly, with forethought on everything else that's going on in the room. Put too much pattern in the same room and it can be overwhelming. As interior designers, we want to create environments that are beautifully put together and work for the lifestyle of our clients. Here's how to work with bold patterns on the largest piece in your room and make it look like a million bucks!

Work within a theme. Any good be beachy has to have some ticking stripe, somewhere. While the sofa doesn't have the boldest pattern in the room, it is a good example of how to use pattern on the largest piece. The tones are softer with an almost washed out look. And, it sits on top of and next to other bold patterns in the room. It's all just the perfect combination.

  Pattern as central feature. This room really works from an interior design perspective because the simple, yet bold pattern is the central design element with any real color. All other pieces in the room focus on shape and texture over pattern. This combination helps keep all the pieces in harmony with one another.

  Bold and monochromatic. First off, most rooms couldn't handle a piece this large. That's what makes this use of patterned fabric even more of a feat. Secondly, the pattern on such a large piece doesn't feel overbearing at all. This room is about subtle changes in tone, all within a natural and subdued palette. Greens and creams are the basis of the design scheme, with espresso stained wood tones adding the real punch.

  Use pattern strategically. Out of all these rooms, this room speaks most to the interior designers at JBi. There is something about the mixing of eras (old world with modern and contemporary design thrown in there) and the bold use of color and patterns that really makes this room sing. It's the use of the suzani print on the backside of these modern chaise lounges to turn these pieces from furniture into art. It's also coincidence that we just designed a similar piece for a JBi client - different fabric, different furniture, but just as fabulous!

  It's your turn now. What pattern would you want to use on a sofa or chaise in your own home? And, most importantly, what's keeping you from taking that step out of the expected to something extraordinary?

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