pattern play

09 November 2015
i love combining patterns and textures in my designs. i feel that the most successful spaces are ones that contain layers of patterns, textures, new and antique pieces, and personal touches.

i have long been familiar with raymour & flanigan furniture; i own several pieces in my home and it is common for me to spec raymour pieces for client projects. however, once i had the honor of being a 2015 RF Blogger, i learned a few things about the company that i had not known before.

first, raymour & flanigan has a killer selection of online-only pieces. very on-trend, contemporary items that you might not have always expected from raymour. i use the online-only grady nesting tables in place of a standard coffee table in front of my sofa. the soft, geometric lines are beautifully layered against the geometric pattern in the rug.

second, i had no idea that you do special-order fabrics on the majority of upholstery pieces that you see on the showroom floor. 

for my living room, i knew i wanted an oversized cocktail ottoman in front of our existing grey accent chairs. i saw the larson cocktail ottoman on the showroom floor and i loved the clean lines and understated chrome legs. problem was, it was displayed in a solid grey fabric that was just a bit different from the existing chairs. i knew i needed a pattern to make the ottoman work in that location, and when i mentioned this to the awesome sales team (corey, jen and kendal, to name a few!) they pointed me towards the special order fabrics rack.! sigh… now THIS is my happy place!

i eventually settled on a geometric pattern in soft neutral tones. as you can see, my existing rug already has a geometric pattern so i wanted something that complimented it without fighting it. tip: when combining patterns, always try to think about the scale of the pattern, the pattern repeats, and the color tones.

next, i was on the hunt for an upholstered chair for beside the existing visanti sofa, creating another conversation space. i knew i wanted a wingback style chair with an extra high back to contrast the lower backs on the sofa and grey accent chairs. i found this wingback chair on the showroom floor, and although the dimensions and style of the chair were perfect, the displayed fabric would not work for my space. so… special order fabric to the rescue! once again, i entered my Happy Place as i sorted through hundreds of alternate fabrics to use on the wingback chair. 

how great is this fabric? it's a medallion pattern that almost looks like it is block printed on a linen background. again, the common thread among the patterns in the space are the neutral colors. it's one of my favorite furniture pieces in my entire home! 

 did you know that raymour & flanigan does special order pieces? i personally had not been aware of this option and now it feels like the possibilities are endless. note that there is an extended lead-time special order pieces, but from my experience i felt it was well worth the wait.

{ i received product from raymour & flanigan in exchange for this post. all expressed opinions are completely my own. }

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