We made it to Friday! Today I am not feeling it as much as usually do, I have had a ton of client meetings this week, and have a ton more coming up when I return home from filming with HGTV…. Oh yeah, by the way I was selected to be the host of the HGTV Smart Home 2015! I’m hosting the tour, I’m hosting the ambush, I’m going to give away this house that is crazy valuable and chucked full of smart gadgets and wonderful technology. Then after I show of this house to the country, I am going to give it away to one lucky person, who will be able to live smarter every day of their lives!
See Me and Chris walking he home here: http://people.hgtv.com/talent/tiffany-brooks/videos
More on the HGTV Smart Home 2015 later. Now back to you. If you been following the series you guys know that I am helping you, my peeps, get your houses in order every step of the way.
If you’ve missed it here links to part Steps 1 – 6
This week we are talking about Pattern/Textiles and a word on Rugs.
Hands-down this is my favorite part of the design process. You can often find me spending hours upon hours walking the hallways of the Merchandise Mart and going through the many racks of fabrics on the 6th floor, selecting the perfect choice for my design projects. This is the part we start considering what our rugs are going to look like, what the patterns in the textiles are going to be in the room, and what we are going to use on our furnishings and upholstery.
You can handle this portion of the design process via the internet by requesting samples from online fabric retailers, however, I do recommend going to a local fabric store and get cuttings of any fabrics (that make you drool) for your room. Make sure that those fabrics you are selecting correspond with the colors that you picked in the previous step.
As soon as you get to the fabric store you will discover that fabric choices are vast. This will make the faint at heart just select all solids and call it a day. Try not to do this. You need some zest and some pop in your room, you can add this by using stripes, animal print, (which is my favorite by the way) ikats, florals, geometric, etc. If you are dead-stuck on solids only, add the interest to your room by using varied texture in your fabrics. Such as furs, silks, leathers, and linen. Quite often this would make a bad ass room too! More on that below.
Now, here is where a little forethought comes in to play. You can somewhat pre-select the types of patterns that you were looking for before you step foot into your local fabric store. And you know your girl has a guide for that. (see below)
The above sheets are the perfect tool in pre-selecting the patterns you love before walking into the fabric or wallpaper stores. Use the lines below the pattern image to write notes about each one. Then take your selections with you to narrow down your search.
. If you are looking at stocked furniture, request a cutting or swatch of the fabric. This will save you heartbreak in the end.
SELECTING A RUG:
I’m going to have a sincere moment of honesty with you. I believe that the area rugs in the room need to be selected first. The perfect one is oh so hard to find. You can often tell until when an area rug was selected last. Go ahead to flip through a magazine and take a look at the designs in there. You will see some solid rugs, jute selections, and black and white picks. That leaves me to believe that in those situations that the area rug was selected last, or the designer used a plain rug to keep the budget in check. If at all possible after you have settled on a color scheme, select your area rug, and build your room literally from the ground up… Here is a great article from Apartment Therapy on Selecting the perfect rug: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/color-texture-size-choosing-the-right-rug-201629
A TOUCH OF TEXTURE:
Every room needs it, hell most rooms already have it, but how the hell do we do it… Adding texture to your rooms is like adding the perfect amount of salt to a casserole. Too much and it looks crazy, too little it falls flat. But the question is, “How do you add texture?”
Texture is simply an element which can add dimension to your room. Texture refers to how the surface of an object feels; therefore, you are not limited to visual elements such as pattern and color. Your can literally plan how your space will feel.
Above I mentioned textures such as furs, silks, leathers, and linens. Hard surfaces provide texture too, like woods, stones, glass, and mirrors. There are so many more out there, you just have to refer to your inspiration to pick up clues to the textures you gravitate towards.
So we have our inspiration, color schemes, a shopping list started, textures picked, and fabric choices. Next we are going to put the pencil to paper, and actually start planning the layouts!
Wanna read ahead?
If you want me to just get to the damn point of it all, you can download “12 Steps To Designing Your Interiors” (the entire e-book) by clicking the image here:
The book comes with all of the done for you worksheets and guides that you will need to get started on your space.
Your Interior Designer & HGTV Host