Bold design means different things to different people. It might be as simple as adding a plant or painting a wall or ceiling in a colour other than white or beige. Or it might mean playing with patterns, scale, and stronger tones. If you’re unsure how to go about mixing it all together, DHD Architecture and Design‘s work on a Chelsea townhouse provides great inspiration.
Even when adding in punches of colour and multiple patterns, begin with a standard palette. With the exception of the children’s’ spaces, you’ll notice lots of white, black and pale neutrals against dark wood flooring. This creates a sense of grounding and continuity even as accents shift from room to room.
The repetition of certain patterns, shapes, or hues further that sense of rightness and belonging, as shown by the bright red tones shown in completely different spaces.
The living room, for many, would be considered neutral. If you have a fear of pattern, using tone-on-tone materials can be a great place to start. It may not stand out, but there are a lot of patterns here: the wallpaper, the burl on the sideboard, the chevron rug, animal print toss cushions, printed draperies…
Too much variation can be both dizzying and distracting for some people. Provide relief by layering in plain, non-patterned areas so that the eyes and brain can reset when needed. Note that the table, though marble and veined, would work as a relief point since there is much more ground (i.e. black space) than there is pattern.
Texture is another great way to begin introducing pattern. The papered wall is obvious to any observer, as is the marble of the fireplace. But look also at the subtly of the carpeting, the upholstered chair and ottoman, and the more neutral wallpaper with the vertical stripe-like detail.
Another way to introduce yourself to going bold is to temper pattern with a healthy dose of white and only two primary colours. There is a lot going on in this nursery, but it doesn’t seem overwhelming given the simplicity of the palette.
How comfortable do you feel adding in new colours, patterns, and textures into your interiors?