The Easiest Way to Add Bold Patterns to Your Space (Without It Being Overwhelming)
This month, we worked with designers and professional organizers to transform a four-bedroom penthouse in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Jessica McCarthy, the Creative Director of Decorist and the designer behind the apartment's gorgeous guest room, shares her tips for adding pops of pattern to any space.
Have you ever wanted to know what a designer was thinking while choosing fabrics, a color palette, or even haggling deals online? Real Simple decided to take matters into our own hands, so we recently took over a stunning Brooklyn apartment and had some of the top designers and organizers work their magic in the space. Here, they weigh in on patterns.
Limit the Color Palette
Jessica McCarthy, the Creative Director of Decorist, designed this gorgeous guest room, complete with a plaid headboard, and we can’t help but wonder how she mixed patterns so effortlessly. With a black, plaid headboard and ornate vintage rug, you might not think these items would work harmoniously together—that is, until you see the photo for yourself. Her top tip to achieving this look? Stick to a color palette with no more than four colors to keep things cohesive. Here, she used black, rusty orange, and indigo from the vintage rug and incorporated dashes of the colors throughout the space. While the headboard was mostly black, the patterned pillows pulled out the orange, and she included gray candles around the room to tie everything together.
Choose an Anchor Piece
By incorporating colors that are all found in the vintage rug underfoot, the rug serves as a sturdy foundation for the room's design. In a room where multiple patterns could set the space's style adrift, the rug serves as an anchor for the design. In your own space, choose one item that will guide the limited color palette, then play around with a few patterns that incorporate those colors.