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How to Have Fun with Patterns

How to Have Fun with Patterns

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once said, “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”

While Jobs was undoubtedly talking about the functionality of his tech devices, the same logic can be applied to color schemes and patterns. Knowing how to use and work with patterns and textures that can add character and color to your furniture isn’t so much about how it looks but how it works. We recently caught up with one of AFW’s designers, Kelsey Jones, who gave us some insightful tips on how to use patterns and tones all while maintaining a functional color coordination that works. Scroll below to see the products used!

Pair Pattern with a Solid Color

“Bringing in pops of color is easy,” said Jones. You can bring in your color through the use of a pattern or solid. For example, with a neutral-colored sofa you can bring in navy as your accent color and still coordinate with your solid neutral color. You can also bring in color using a colorful ottoman or accent chair.


Mix Patterns


Don’t be afraid! Yes, you can mix and match medallion print with stripes, and stripes with plaid. As long as patterns have similar colors, you can mix and match. “You can have contrast,” said Jones. “It’s just more fun.”

Add an Accent Wall


“An accent wall will help to bring in your colors and give you and your guests a focal point in the room,” said Jones. She recommends pulling in one or two colors to make it a cohesive look.

Incorporate Accent Chests


You can use accent chests to add contrast and color to your room. One way this can be accomplished is through the use of natural colors with wood tones. Cross decorating light wood tones with dark browns helps to bring out these colors. “Decorative pillows and poufs add a softness and help tie the look together,” said Jones.

Whitaker WheatBennington Sofadark bark chair dark bark ottomon neutral pillowpouf
Whitaker Wheat Loveseat || Bennington Sofa || Graham Bark Leather Chair || Graham Bark Leather Ottoman|| Natural Elements Pillow|| Ellinger Wool Pouf