Showroom dilemma

Dec 1, 2014 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Have you felt overwhelmed when standing in a showroom with your room back at home half done and not knowing if a fabric, a colour or perhaps a pattern is going to work with your half finished design. This is what happens to most people. It’s easy to get the basis done, the neutral tones on a sofa, a wall colour, or perhaps even a neutral rug with a bit of texture and pattern. But now you are at the point where you want to add some colour and pattern to lift your design.

Adding character to your room relies heavily on accent pieces and features, these tend to be the pieces that draw your eye, they may have a heavier texture or brighter colour than your other items, or a contrasting material. Choosing these pieces can make or break your design which is why it can feel so daunting.

My advice at this stage is to shop with all of your samples to hand. Ensure you are collecting fabric, wallpaper, paint colour, rug and timber swatches along the way. Then when you are in a showroom those decisions will become a lot easier.

In fact I prefer to take it back to the beginning and gather all of my samples for a design before my client orders anything. This gives us more flexibility to change base fabrics in and out, especially if my client falls in love with a strong feature like a geometric fabric, wallpaper or rug. It’s easy to adjust a neutral sofa to work in with this.

In short, go armed to the showrooms with as many samples as you can, designing your space will become an easier and more pleasurable experience. And you’ll end up with a room that you love!

Happy decorating.

Example of a sample board for a lounge room design. Includes rug, timber and fabric samples.

Example of a sample board for a lounge room design. Includes rug, timber and fabric samples.

Combination of Marimekko fabrics

Combination of Marimekko fabrics

Combination of pattern and colourful linen fabrics that all work together.

Combination of pattern and colourful linen fabrics that all work together.

Great hand printed fabrics against upholstery weight base colour fabrics from a different supplier.

Great hand printed fabrics against upholstery weight base colour fabrics from a different supplier.

Fabrics used in a playroom with scandi style furniture.

Fabrics used in a playroom with scandi style furniture.

Full design board for the playroom with above fabrics.

Full design board for the playroom with above fabrics.

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