This was my first Polynesian-inspired design appropriately done for a family in Honolulu. It’s a play on pattern that takes a modest-sized room of 10′ x 12′ and expands it visually. The story between the strong graphic elements and the solid colors expand the space and put down the welcome mat.
Patterns are a great way to plus size your space but they can be tricky when overused. The rule of thumb when it comes to how much pattern vs. solids to put into a space is generally no more than 30% pattern, but who likes rules? Some may see this space as overkill whereas others may wish there was more. For the family of four who resides here, the overall transformation from a lifeless, lackluster storage bin to a livable, lush, island-inspired den was well-received.
The key to its success? Choose an odd number of strong patterns, evenly distribute them throughout the space then make sure they are framed with solid colors.
In this case, the floral draperies, the area rug and the blue Indonesian cabinet were my three strongest graphic elements. I positioned them in the room so that they are bordered by solid colors. Along with placing the area rug on an angle and choosing a wall color that echoes the floor and ceiling, the result is a plus sized space that looks larger than it really is yet it remains personal and inviting.
Could you live in a room like this? Would you like more or less pattern?
Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time…