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Playing with colours and patterns

Published:Friday | March 9, 2018 | 12:00 AM
A nook under some home stairs that Sklar designed – the perfect little hideaway for reading or a quiet phone chat. The fabric, by Raoul Textiles, is called Elephant Leaf. Sklar had it backed to use as wallpaper as well.
This undated photo provided by Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest shows a bedroom designed by McClendon. Pantone’s Color of 2018, Ultra Violet, can bring a touch of luxury to home decorating, especially when used sparingly in rich upholstery fabrics as seen in this bedroom designed by McClendon, founder of the Los Angeles-based design firm Glamour Nest.

While many designers are embracing calm and quiet, others are excited about the proliferation of imaginative, interesting patterns, shapes, and textures. It's a trend that allows personalities to shine.

"I think people are less afraid to use pattern in bigger spaces," says Los Angeles (LA) designer Amy Sklar. "Patterned tiles for kitchen backsplashes and bathrooms are going strong, and I've also been using patterned runners for stairways and hallways. It's a fun way to add a little personality without overwhelming the space."

LA designer Raun Thorp sees red coming back in new versions and applications.

Pantone's new palette has several vibrant hues, like Cherry Tomato, a zingy red; Meadowlark, a bracing yellow; and their colour of the year, Ultra Violet.

Floral and garden patterns are cropping up everywhere, especially exaggerated ones. "The wackier the better," says Thorp.