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Friday, September 10, 2010

Test pattern

House Beautiful.

A post this morning by the ever lovely Naomi of Thirteenth and South made me stop and consider "How does one achieve a successful pattern mix?" Why does the room above look remnant free-for-all at Calico Corners, while the one below recalls a serene North African escape?

Elle Decor.

Dumplings, what are your thoughts? Are both rooms sock rockers, big fat fails, or is one clearly the winner?

20 comments:

Coté Provence said...

not my taste... don't like any. there is too much of everything in both... not attractive at all.

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Although its not my decor style. It's put together well. In my lil ol opinion.

susieq said...

I love the bottom image. I think the trick to mixing pattern is a variety of scale. Too many small scale prints in the top photo.

Karena said...

Raina, the top image has so many small prints that are not really distinctive.

I like the Elle Decor image, it is grounded with the large solid palette mixed with the prints!

Karena
Art by Karena

Kate said...

I think what works in the second and lacks in the first is that there is some edginess to the second room. the art has a contemporary look to it and that silver ball thing on the left as well as the beams running along the ceiling. The first is just too precious with too much repetition and same size patterns and nothing to bring it into the now. Just me.
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Leah said...

i like the 2nd pic the best but in my very unprofessional opinion, i like both. not sure if i love that the 1st pic has 2 pillows of each pattern on the sofa, but i still like the room.

sanctuaryhome said...

Ditto to what everyone else said....pattern mix needs to vary in scale and style. I would consider the top one a near miss. For whatever reason, I want the art on the wall to be a map, the ottoman to be a large large brass tray and one or two less small end tables.

Kathysue said...

Elle Decor is the winner on this issue. I agree with you on the first, waaaay too much going on. Elle Decor image is grounded with some solids and the different patterns are different scales therefore making it more pleasing to the eye.Good comparison images!!! Kathysue

ampersand-design.blogspot.com said...

Too much happening in the first pic. The second one works better for me as it appears that there are less colours used & tonally works better therefore the effect is less jarring than the first. The first has too many patterns & too many different colours to be pleasing to my eye.

The second pic has a more refined aesthetic.

Sandy K

Edith Hope said...

Dear Raina, The answer is, of course, to do everything with great generosity and to stint on nothing, and this applies absolutely where pattern is concerned. Pattern on pattern on pattern. It works, as I am sure you know, but always keeping to a fairly limited and restricted colour palette and then, in principal, applying a level of symmetry - pairs of lamps, occasional chairs, vases, etc. etc. A room, as a garden, requires a formal structure to allow for other elements of informality - books, magazines, flowers on occasional tables, etc.

The Down East Dilettante said...

*waves hand wildly* I know! I know! It's the second one. The rug is better.

although that fixture on chain is bad...

erin@designcrisis said...

Calico Corners is a real place?!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

Gah! Why dies the second image work? I guess because the ceiling and beams steal the show the sofa is more soothing and the rug steals the show without competing. Pattern done right!

Thanks for the shout out lady!

Naomi@ThirteenandSouth said...

Oops sorry, a bit drunk and that last post reflects it. LOL

sherry said...

I got a fabric headache looking at the first picture, and when I saw it in House Beautiful I thought WTH????? and had to look back to see what magazine I was actually reading.

Raina Cox said...

Sherry - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

eileen said...

The rug on the 1st pic looks cheap. Second, the Elle Decor pic uses actual things (like, a real suzani and an embroidered pouf) as opposed to "prints" of said things. That sounds so snobby! And the solid colors let the eyes rest.

ModernSauce said...

The first thing I thought of in seeing that HB cover was 'art = vom' and 'omigod Pottery Barn had a sale on pillows!' At least we're hopefully done with all the pink and blue HB covers though right?!

Jennifer Sanderson said...

I am not a fan of either, but at least in the second photo, the furniture and paintings are to scale and the height of the items varies. Even thought the pattern is wild and obnoxious in the first pic, the furniture seems too matchy to me. yuck.

ChrisToronto said...

Raina, I note in the article accompanying the House Beautiful shot that the designer, Daniel Sachs, says, "You can create a happy mess in a room, and it just makes it feel more comfortable."
Or not.