Mix and Match Patterns Like A Design Pro

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Mix and Match Patterns Like A Design Pro

Posted on: October 18th, 2017 by Claudia Beebe


Celebrate Loud Prints And Avoid Eyesores By Following These Tips

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of bold patterns: if you’ve visited our Geneva showroom you know it’s bursting with luxe textiles printed with chevron and ikat and damask. Too many DIY designers shy away from mixing patterns because they worry their homes will end up looking too overdone—but integrating multiple patterns effectively can actually make a room look more cohesive and intentional. You just have to know how to play by the rules.

Follow the BB Interiors guidelines when choosing prints and we guarantee you’ll be wowed by the results. Here are Claudia’s tips for mixing patterns like a pro.

Pick One Unifying Color

Patterns are a great way to turn the monochrome trend on its head. A geometric rug beneath floral drapes will feels purposeful if both are include large swaths of the same shade of pink. Against a neutral backdrop, pops of yellow scattered around the room—a throw pillow here, a candlestick there, a yellow-print bedspread or painting—are perceived as a unit, even if each element has a different print that incorporates a variety of colors or styles. Trick the eye into viewing an assortment of patterns as a unit by tying them all together with a base color. Try to stick to the same hue; this rule is less effective if some pieces are vibrant and others are pastel.

Keep Intensity Consistent

While we’re on the subject of hue, a uniform color intensity can have the same effect as a single unifying color: scattered, diverse pieces look more cohesive if they come from the same segment of the color wheel. Think: jewel tones with jewel tones, pastels with pastels, metallics with metallics. A selection of bold, deeply-pigmented accents in wine, sapphire and amber add up to a rich, romantic theme.

Balance With Solids

Whether there are neutrals in the backgrounds or large focal pieces that anchor your accents, neutrals serve as the perfect backdrop for a space that’s incorporating patterns playfully. If your loudest patterns are on the walls, windows or floor, consider toned-down furniture or accessories in the room to limit the competition for a visitor’s attention. If you have many, smaller embellishments arranged throughout the room, a solid backdrop will frame them nicely. Solids can be in complementary colors or in neutrals — the goal is simply to balance the loud and energetic prints with more placid intervals that give them room to breathe.

Distribute Weight Evenly

Even if your bold patterns are on featherweight throw pillows, loud, bright or complicated patterns are “heavy” additions to a room—they’re visual markers that draw attention, making them anchor points in the big picture of a stylized room. One key consideration for designers when playing with prints is visual movement: we want the eye to dance around the room, landing on various points of interest without feeling overwhelmed or, on the other end of the spectrum, unengaged. If too many of your patterns are concentrated in one part of the room, it will throw the whole space off balance. Distribute them evenly, and integrate solids between them to bridge the gaps between each.

Choose Three or More Patterns

Two mismatched patterns can feel like a mistake. With a minimum of three, you have enough elements to appropriately space your printed pieces so they interact across the entirety of the room instead of in one visually-cluttered corner. Aim for diversity in size and scale, and adhere to the rules above when choosing unifying colors or tone. We tend to prefer odd-numbered combinations in general to fight the urge to group accents in pairs both when you’re arranging your room or when a visitor is surveying it. Three to five patterns surrounded by solids or neutrals is often the sweet spot.


As with all design rules, some of these were made to be broken—but if you’re a first-timer trying to dip your toes into the world of interior designing, this framework will help you avoid common pitfalls. Each room is different, and no two homeowners’ styles or needs are alike. If you want to really push the envelope and bend the rules to make a striking statement unique to your home, your best bet is to partner with an interior designer who knows exactly how to balance the delicate and the daring. Visit http://bbinteriordesigns.com/, or stop into our Geneva showroom to peruse our 2,700 swatch books and find the patterns that speak to you.


Where Form Meets Function: Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Your Room

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by Claudia Beebe

Where Form Meets Function: Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Your Room

Use Beautiful Window Coverings to Play with Light and Make a Statement

Window treatments are a critical part of a room’s design theme. They present an opportunity to combine materials, mix patterns and create a visual statement that’s customized to your unique decor. Not only do the materials you choose add color and texture to a space, they also allow you to manipulate the overall room tone by blocking or framing the light that filters in from outdoors.

When choosing window coverings for your home, consider the room’s color scheme and feel. Would a bold treatment provide a vibrant contrast, or would something more simple be complementary? Think about the placement of lamps and overhead lighting within the space, as well as how and when you will use the room. Do you need direct light from the windows? Is privacy important?

With these factors in mind, you can choose from this selection of our favorite window treatments to find the best fit for your space. Here’s a primer on the styles we most enjoy incorporating into our clients’ homes.


Drapes often play a central role in the overall design of a room. Eminently customizable, fabric selection alone can create a desired mood in any room. Luxury velvet exudes sophistication, while bold prints can establish a focal point, all while serving the functions of privacy, light control or simply making a design statement.  Drapes are made from heavier fabrics and are often lined and pleated. They can be an effective tool to block out light or provide complete privacy, making them a common choice for bedrooms. The rod itself also adds a design element, offering variety in its materials, finial shape, and placement—from a few inches above the window to just below the ceiling line. Drapes aren’t exclusive to interiors: we love to bring drapery outdoors, taking advantage of the broad selection of indoor/outdoor fabrics available today to create a resort-like setting on any porch, patio or pergola.


Thanks to their extremely versatile nature, sheer fabrics are one of the most common types of window treatments. There are many beautiful sheer fabrics that can create an ethereal look. From embroidered to burnout, they vary from contemporary to traditional (and they certainly don’t look like your grandmother’s sheers!). They come in various lengths and can be hung from a rod or from rings that are strung onto a rod. Sheers can provide light control based on their level of opacity, and choosing a warm or cool hue can alter the glow of a room. Casement fabrics, also a type of sheer, provide an even more unique look and feel. Sheer Roman Shades are popular among millennials who welcome the light day or night.


Valances come in all shapes and sizes and are a decorative accent for any window. They’re often paired with curtains, blinds, or shades, as valences themselves don’t provide privacy. Instead, they’re used to add a touch of color or design flair, or to conceal the hardware of the blinds or shades below. With diverse arrangements available—including flat, gathered, pleated, board or rod mounted—we can create custom styles and sizes to fit your design. Unique valances can be especially fun in a kids room using a theme, monogram, bats or bows; the options are endless. Imaginative cornices, tailored or dripping with fringe, continue to tell the story of a room.


Shades are perhaps the most practical window treatment: If you want to block out light or provide privacy in a room, they’re a straightforward solution. Shades can be made from a variety of materials and are custom fit to the size and shape of a window. The mechanics can vary, from a pull, to a roller, to manual adjustment that lifts and lowers the covering. Our favorite style is the Roman shade, which folds into even, horizontal layers when raised and lays completely smooth when drawn, showcasing the beauty of the material with a crisp silhouette that lets in partial light while providing privacy.


A great option for diffusing light, blinds are infinitely adjustable. They can be tilted to a fully open position, completely closed, or paused at any angle in between. With a quick tug on the cord, horizontal blinds can also be lifted and lowered to expose all or part of the window. For this reason they work well in a space where your light needs vary depending on the time of day or occasion. Materials play a big part in the level of sophistication here: wooden blinds with fabric or ribbon bindings offer a higher quality look than a plastic or metal blind. Vertical blinds are an option for sliding glass doors or very large windows, and they don’t collect quite as much dust as horizontal blinds.


Shutters aren’t exclusively exterior window decor — interior shutters are a non-fabric solution that offer substantial light control and style. Shutter types are distinguished by their size and mobility. Traditional and plantation shutters vary by the width of the slats, or louvers. Cafe height shutters leave the upper portion of the window uncovered, ideal for tall windows in rooms where sunlight is always welcome, while full height shutters fill a window completely. Panel arrangements are also customizable: single-panel shutters fill the length of a window or are divided in half, while bifold shutters can be tucked away on either side of a window. Materials can include wood, composites and plastics.


Window treatments are an incredible tool to set the tone of a room, from manipulating the natural light to complementing your color scheme. With so many types, styles and customizable details—even motorized and cordless options are now available!—there are infinite combinations to complement each room in your home. Need help pinpointing the right one? We are experts in the field will find the perfect window treatment to achieve your decor goals. Come visit or give us a call at bb Interiors today and we’ll find you the perfect fit.