Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Styling A Bookcase With Metallics

I've styled many bookshelves in the past and it's one of my favorite things to do.  When I found this vintage faux bamboo desk, chair and shelf,  I knew it it had to have a fun and modern vibe.   I want to share some of the guidelines I follow.  Below is a collage of the shelves.

COLLAGE OF STYLED VINTAGE FAUX BAMBOO BOOKSHELVES

STYLING GUIDELINES

  Assemble like items.  You can see that I'm using "desk" related items.
I have some pens sprinkled around and in containers, books of course, and bookends.   If you look on the right you'll see a ribboned bag with oversized paperclips too. 

FAUX BAMBOO DESK STYLED WITH METALLICS

Add interest with unique objects.  I used some wooden tassels as bookends, added a vintage ram sculpture, and some books with interesting covers.  Remember:  Books can be vertical, facing out, or stacked horizontally.

BOOKS FACING OUT AND STACKED AND WOODEN TASSEL BOOKENDS

Repetition is another important element.  For these shelves, besides repeating desk items, you'll see the color gold, or metallics throughout.  There are metallic sacks/baskets on almost every shelf, and a grouping of gold journals.  I even draped a metallic tote over the chair.

REPETITION OF METALLIC GOLD 

I always like to introduce a second color.  The blue beaded garland breaks up all the gold.  The gold heart ties it into the rest of the shelves.  Balance is important too.  I broke up the books and bookends and placed them on different shelves.  This repetition creates cohesiveness and keeps your eye moving around.  The plaster bookends add texture too.   I always add a mirror to a shelf.  This small sunburst mirror adds the color gold, more sparkle, and reflection too.

ADDING BLUE BREAKS UP ALL THE GOLD

KEEP COMPATIBILITY, SYMMETRY, BALANCE, TEXTURE and
REPETITION IN MIND AS YOU STYLE YOUR SHELVES.


If you'd like to see how I styled another bookshelf in an entirely different look, go here for that post or click on the image below.

BOOKSHELF IN MY KITCHEN
Or, go here  or click on the image for my nature-inspired shelves in my family room to see that post.

NATURE-INSPIRED BOOKSHELVES IN MY FAMILY ROOM

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mixing Patterns Using Big Bold Buffalo Checks

Are you noticing buffalo checks everywhere?  I am and I'm loving the look.
I believe the checks make a statement and work best when mixed with other patterns.


Here are some guidelines when mixing patterns:

1.   Choose one loved pattern.  Mine at the moment is buffalo check.

2.  Select a common color(s).  Black and white checks are my favorite.  Next beige or brown, then blue.  It's all a personal preference. 

3.  Make sure you distribute that color(s) evenly throughout the room.

4.  Select different patterns.  Three patterns work.

5.  Balance geometrics, stripes, plaids, chevrons, and dots with softer patterns like toile, florals, animal print, or botanicals.

6.  ALWAYS INCLUDE A SOLID OR TWO.   


For clarification, here are some mix and match fabric combos that include buffalo checks.

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These mix and match pillows are another example.  
You have a buffalo check, a polka dot, and a floral plus two repeating colors.

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There is buffalo check, toile, ticking stripe, a geometric, and a small pattern in this room.
The orange color breaks up the brown and beige.  It all works. 


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This is my absolute favorite room with buffalo checks.
Notice that the transferware plates are the toile pattern.
The fern adds a pop of green and the natural wood table and chair add texture.

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You don't have to put the buffalo check on your furniture.  A black and white checked pillow matches perfectly with leopard and green.

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Here's another space with a lot going on. 
Would you ever think to combine navy with brown and all these patterns?

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Plaid, ethnic, buffalo check, and stripes.  Yes.
The art even has a pattern.

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Buffalo checks on the window seat, a large pattern on the red pillows, and stripes on the other.

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Buffalo checks and florals.

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Buffalo checks and paisley.

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Red, white, and blue.
Checks, geometrics, and stripes.

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Are you on board the buffalo checks train?