When I was in New Jersey leading my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event and the second evening at dinner, I was sitting next to a designer who asked me a question about kitchen valances she was designing for a client. She was having trouble finding a fabric that her client liked.
I suggested a solid fabric (below) with contrasting tape or a band of fabric, this way you’ll get two colours without a pattern you have to commit to for a long time.
I don’t know about you, but I generally get tired of pattern easily, which is why I usually only include patterns in throw pillows when I design colour palettes for my clients because they are easy to change up. Just like the ones I recently picked up from High Point Market for my living room. I’m so happy, I feel like I have a new living room.
If you have a lot of disposable income for decorating, it’s much easier to commit to a trendy pattern because then when you get bored, you can just replace your drapes, for example.
This morning I received an email from a reader who was trying to decide whether to purchase an area rug in one of the new geometric patterns. My advice was to go for it but just make sure you don’t treat it like you’re buying an heirloom for the house. I have worked with so many clients over the years who just won’t part with their rugs because they were so expensive.
But every pattern has a shelf life, some last longer than others. However, if you spend too much money on a trendy item, it might boss you around for longer than you’d like if you can’t bear to part with it for that reason.
So here are my three tips:
1. If you need two colours, create a colour block using colour or white plus a colour!
Notice the blue fabric lines up with the window sill. When designing a colour block drape like this, you’ll want to notice that kind of detail to see if it applies to your window.
Interior Design by Maria Killam
This living room drapery I designed for a client also lines up to her window sill (above).
This is also an option (above) keep in mind this kind of window treatment would be very labour intensive and won’t be inexpensive. You’ll have to pay by the foot to create each panel of colour.
Also, careful when you specify large stripes like this, they can sometimes look like you’re in a carnival. This one is too wide to look like a carnival stripe.
2. Use tape or a contrasting fabric to add more colour.
Love this combination of the pattern underneath the bookshelves with the contrasting banding.
If you are just getting side panels made for your window, you could run the banding all the way around like this black and white one. Then you can actually see it.
For a roman shade, you can design the band so that its sewn all around the edge, or have it start approximately one inch inside like this one (above).
3. Same goes for pillows, I have never met anyone who didn’t like the idea of including a colour blocking pillow (the white and yellow one below) in their collection of throw pillows.
Interior Design by Maria Killam
Or run tape around all four sides of a pillow like the euro shams above. I also love how Sarah added artwork below the window in this basement bedroom.
There are lots more ideas on my Window Treatments Pinterest boards, here.