Top 5 Tips From Designer Katie Rosenfeld

November 5, 2015 | By | Comments (0)

Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network.

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Wellesley, MA designer Katie Rosenfeld of Katie Rosenfeld Designs offers her top 5 tips on where to start when choosing fabrics.

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Tip 1: Unlike many, I like to use bold fabrics for drapery and roman shades – toss pillows just don’t do it for me alone, I need more of a punch. I use a single fabric as a springboard to build the rest of my textile and furnishings palette.

Tip 2: Texture is just as important as pattern – sisal, grasscloth, mohair throws, Mongolian lamb pillows – all of these textures elevate the fabrics and create a layered effect.

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Tip 3: Use bold prints for windows; they act like a piece of art, and you can pull all the colors out as accents around the room. Some use a rug as the foundation of their design plan, I use a single bold statement fabric.

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Courtesy of Katie Rosenfeld

Tip 4: Mix figurative, geometric, solids, textures and big and small prints. Nothing is more boring than a bunch of solids; you need variety. Too many similar fabrics compete, so be careful about using too many geometrics together or a bunch of small prints – it’s a delicate balance and you need a bit of this and a bit of that.

Tip 5: Invigorate a small piece of furniture with bold pillows. This is a small investment and will make a big impact. Use a geometric and a pattern, like a floral or figurative or animal print and mix and match.

 

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