Inspiration: Little Geo Prints

I am really loving these tiny geo prints and with spring right around the corner I like to find ways to make some subtle, affordable changes to my space and not only do these tiny geos pack a big punch but they are growing to be a key print and pattern trend for 2015. I’m seeing them everywhere and really want to see them in my home…

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They have a delicate and pretty yet sophisticated look in washed corals and calming greys, often paired with blush pinks, nudes, teal and yellow accents. I really love them, don’t you?

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Always Sunny – 3 Ways to Add Pops of Yellow in your Home

I attended an event at Dry Bar last month and if you have ever been, you know that yellow is their signature color. Pops of yellow in the form of hair tools, light fixtures, trays etc… are thrown in to an otherwise neutral space. It made me fall even more in love with this color. I first started crushing on it last year when we inherited these two huge, yellow antique lamps (Which you can kind of see in this post from last year). I loved them the minute I saw them because they were grand, bright, sculptural and unique. Without even thinking about the fact that they were a super bright yellow I knew I needed them in my space, one way or another. My couch, walls, furniture and carpets are all very neutral so I knew I could make these big guys work. They ended up not only fitting perfectly in the living room on either side of the couch, but are my favourite part of the whole space. They also inspired me to incorporate more pops of yellow in other rooms. It turns out, it’s now one of my favourite accent colours because its fun and cheerful. When you don’t live in sunny California and have to put up with a grey, dreary winter for over 6 months, you need a little sunshine in your life. Honestly, what colour says “happy” better than bright yellow?

Here are 3 of my favourite ways to add a splash of yellow into any room!

1. Accents: A painted door or window frame in bright yellow makes such a huge statement without overpowering the space. If that seems like too much of a commitment then toss a yellow throw pillow on the couch or bed, you can also add a yellow vase, lamp, fruit bowl or any decorative item for that matter, for a simple yet impactful way to brighten any room.

2. Rugs: Adding a bright yellow rug to a room will make it feel sunny all day long. I love the way these rugs pop out at you, but work so well!

3. Chairs: Bright yellow chairs are my new obsession and it’s a really fun way add a pop of yellow into your home. You can either buy one, or get your DIY on and paint one you already have lying around.

Here are some fun yellow things to get you inspired!

While I will always choose the real sun over anything else, while it’s hiding behind grey winter clouds, I am happy I have bright cheery things to look at inside! Hope you are inspired to add some yellow into your home!

5 Tips on Mixing Prints in your Home Like a Pro

Long before mixing prints became a trend, I was watching Sarah Richardson pull it off time and time again. She wouldn’t just mix 2 or 3 prints together. Sarah didn’t mess around. Sometimes she would have a pile of different prints in front of her and I would be amazed at how she was able to make them look like they were always made to be together. Not everyone has a natural talent for knowing which prints work well together, but with the right tools, you can definitely become a pro. Here are some tips on how you can begin to master the skill. Because I am telling you, once you do, you will never look back.

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{source} This is a perfect example of mixing prints. We see different scales, types of prints and compatible colours all on a neutral backdrop.

1. Size does matter: Use patterns of multiple scales and densities. When you do this, the prints visually balance each other out, so that one dominates the eye and becomes the focal point and the other one compliments it. If you don’t do this your eye won’t know where to go and it will make the whole thing look messy.

2. Use different pattern types: (floral, animal, stripe, geometric) Mixing different patterns together is key, and insures that two patterns won’t be competing with each other. One of my favourite combinations is floral and stripes.

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{Source} Staying in the blues; geometric chevron meets floral. I love the contrasting prints in these similar tones!

3. Use a low contrast palette: By using your colour wheel wisely, you will ensure that the colours are harmonious. This doesn’t mean every pattern has to be the same colour, but the colours need to compliment each other well.

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{Source} This neutral backdrop sets the stage for compatible colours with natural tones of copper, brown, and rose.

4. Start with a neutral foundation: It’s best to have a neutral foundation when mixing prints so as not to overdo it. This means your base (walls, couch etc..) should not overpower the prints. They will act like your blank canvas.

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{Source} The Starting Point in this has to be the art. Everything seems to fit perfectly with the artwork, making all these random colors and prints work so perfectly together.

5. Find a jumping off point: Find a fabric that appeals to your individual style and use it as your guide. Pull colours from it and find prints that contrast well with it using the tips above. It makes the whole process easier when you have something to compare too and go back too.

How do you feel about mixing prints? Would you feel confident enough to incorporate it into your home?