As with any profession, there are some things that can only be learned on the job. From my experience, getting that first job in Interior Design is no easy task. I’d like to share some really vital tips in my next few posts that seem to be missing out there…
Successfully mixing furnishings is not an easy task and is something that Interior Designers will spend some time on, carefully considering their best options. This is where reality TV shows are misleading – it’s not about a day of tearing through retail stores and making snap decisions, ending in bringing home half the showroom!
Wether you are following a theme or putting together an eclectic mix, the pieces need to ‘talk to each other’. There will need to be something that visually relates all of the furnishings. Ask yourself, how does the colour of this chair (or texture, finish, pattern, shape, scale etc) sit with the colour of this side table? Do they complement and bring out the best of each other? Or do they clash and fight with each other?
Furnishings don’t have to match and I think are better when they don’t. Relating is more about linking one piece to another. As an example, imagine a soft linen sofa placed on a sisal floor rug – both are natural tactile materials that will sit well together. The same linen sofa placed on a graphic and bold synthetic floor rug… not so much. Look for relations in style, texture, fabric, colour and shape.
Belle Editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker articulates my point well in a recent article– ‘Interior design becomes about balance and harmony – just because it’s free form doesn’t mean it’s a clash. There is a harmony and discipline to it.’