KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley: Fabric Pairings

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It was another great morning for Design Time with Tobi Fairley on KATV’s Good Morning Arkansas!  Today I talked about fabric pairings.  Hopefully, you were inspired to do a little mixing and matching in your own home.  Don’t be afraid to mix pattern.  Here’s a recap of this morning’s segment:

A gorgeous toile pattern in lilac and black starts off the color story in my own daughter’s room.  A patttern like this would likely be your first fabric selection and you would build your design scheme from there.  A striped fabric featuring lilac, violet and chartreuse add a little linear geometry to the mix and tie together all of the common colors.  A solid chartreuse  fabric repeats a color in the stripe and would likely cover one of the larger pieces in your room.

The second set of fabrics are from my own family room.  Again, I used the same solid chartreuse fabric in this room.  This helps to create flow from room to room.  The sofa is covered in a solid black.  The chairs in the room are tan.  A table is skirted in the solid chartreuse.  A black and white damask pattern is used on other chairs as well as the drapery.  Throw pillows in a black,tan and chartreuse stripe tie all of these colors together.

To add a little excitement to the color story a bit of orange was injected into the room.  A simple solid linen and a graphic print  add just enough pop.  The nice open scale of the orange print prevents it from competing with the tighter black and white fabric.

The best advice that I can give is to really cherish the effect fabrics have in your home.  Chosen and paired nicely, you too can create a dramatic color story with fabrics!

To get more design advice like this, join us for an upcoming Design Camp Session.  We are offering a weekend version of our Design Camp Basics on Saturday, September 18th from 9am to 5pm and our 6 week Fall Session with more advanced design lessons will be every Tuesday between October 12th through November 16th from 6 to 8pm.  Space is limited so call us at 501-868-9882 or email us at info@tobifairley.com . Our last Camp sold out in just 7 days!!!!

And don’t miss today’s Design Camp Virtual Counselor interview with San Francisco Interior Designer Scot Meacham Wood.

See you next month on Design Time!

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2 Responses to KATV’s Design Time with Tobi Fairley: Fabric Pairings

  1. Norbridge says:

    Tobi,
    I like how you’ve explained how to use colours that flow from one room to the other starting from a toile pillow.
    Kind regards.

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