Karen Larkin, Designer from Noble House Furniture & Design says texture of the fabric is just as important as the furniture you put it on. She offers these tips for a do-it-yourself decorator:
Tip #1: Mix opposite textures. It’s all about contrast and variety. Eg. Smooth with rough.
Tip #2: Complement your space. As a general rule of thumb, bigger spaces can tolerate deeper colors, larger patterns, and more extreme textures. If you have a smaller space, stick with lighter colors, smaller patterns, and milder textures.
Tip #3: Choose one main fabric, then branch out. Choose other patterns that complement, rather than compete.
Tip #4: Put solids or subtle patterns on your large upholstered pieces. Bring in pattern and texture with pillows, and an ottoman.
Tip #5: Trust your instincts. If it feels too busy, it probably is.
• It’s always good to create a sample board. Paste swatches of fabric, furniture finishes and paint on one board to get a better idea of how the elements work together in your room.
• Don’t follow every furniture/design trend you see in a magazine. Find your own style and stick with it.
• The details make the difference between acceptable and what looks phenomenal.
For more information, contact
Noble House Furniture and Design
633 South 500 West
Bountiful, UT 84010