Tip #1: Find a Hero
Ask the question: Who is the boss of this sofa?
Identify the ‘hero’ print to lead the way for your pattern & palette choices.
Use the hero’s colours and energy as a starting point for the rest of your decisions.
In this example, the Roof Garden print in Cairo is the hero.
The colour and motion of the design provides a focal point, leading the way for the other colour and pattern choices.
Tip #2: Stick with a style
Don’t mix too many pattern styles & palette notes.
Try to create ‘conversations’ between patterns and colours.
In this example, We are using two shapes – round and vertical – and just two colours.
the Flower Fields is the ‘hero’. Its round flower shapes are having a colour and shape conversation with the round Colour Pop Pillow in lemon.
The vertical stripes of the other patterns – Tall Protea and Brancusi Stripe – provide a steadying vertical energy to counterbalance the round shapes.
Tip #3: Balance Energies
Horizontal & vertical lines bring in stability and a steadying energy (see the example above).
Having too much directional movement or colour can create visual disruption.
In this exampe, the vertical and horizontal stripes create a steady mood.
The solid blues of the two Colour Pop Pillows anchor the colour scheme.
Tip #4: Sizes Matter
A row of pillows all the same size is the sofa visual equivalent of muzak. Boring!
In this example, we’ve used a mix of sizes and shapes to add rhythm to this sofa symphony.
Tip #6: Ignore Advice
Trust your gut and experiment wildly with the Palette and Pattern that you love!