Flowers and stripes

The most common challenge facing the home decorator has to be choosing the upholstery

Published: 17th September 2016 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th September 2016 01:10 PM   |  A+A-


The most common challenge facing the home decorator has to be choosing the upholstery.  Even once you’ve decided on the colours, deciding which textures and patterns to pick and how best to match the different styles can be a headache. Fortunately, there’s help at hand, by way of tips from the experts. A little spirit of experimentation, and some bits of courage, will go a long way in getting you to combine prints and textures like a pro. To start with, don’t think you have to stick steadfastly to only patterns or plains. Mix and match the two to give your rooms a contemporary, fun feel.

Flowersa.jpgIf you don’t want to go all out, keep your upholstered sofas plain and introduce stripes and florals in the cushions as colourful accents. But you’ll get better results if you pick the lead colour from the floral pattern and introduce stripes in the same hue. You’ll be surprised to see how well the two work together. Also, remember to vary the scale. Give one pattern the lead role, and let everything else play second fiddle. Certain combinations are the most effective, like big florals and wide stripes or an ambi (paisley) matched with a tartan plaid.

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