Moody Or Madness? Play Up Prints, Plaids, And Patterns For Cutting-Edge Design

ProSource | 4/4/2016 | Project Tips

“The overall effect of a room’s design is what creates a mood,” explains artist and designer Pablo Solomon. “Ideally, it’s a harmonious balance of uncluttered, well thought out colors, shapes, textures, furnishings, and lighting.”

First and foremost, creating the “mood” a client wants for a space is the essence of interior design, according to Solomon. Second and not far behind, this image should be one that is successfully projected to household guests and visitors.

Feeling “Moody”?

Designer Kami Gray of Kami Gray Interiors describes a moody room as one that might feature distressed leather furniture, dark hardwood floors, luxurious pattern carpet, rich paint and/or plaids in midnight blue, olive green, or charcoal gray on the walls. “The moody room helps you transition from a busy day at the office to a timeless space that makes you want to go offline, pour yourself a whiskey neat, pick up a hardcover book, and unwind.”

Envision dark-green walls, aubergine rugs, and hand-scratched hickory floors. “The key,” says Gray “is minimal lighting, wood furniture, and not worrying about modern conveniences like where to charge a cell phone or use a laptop – dare yourself and your guests to check email in a room like this!”

Ideally, the moody room is one with a calming effect. But moody definitely does not mean stuffy or boring. Bold patterned carpet, upholstery, and artwork – can immediately transform the feel of a space. The placement of the print is just as important as its colors and scale.

Consider masculine plaid wallpaper on the ceiling or a rich-tone medallion rug underfoot. Luscious animal prints (think throws and pillows) can convey a sultry, “moody” feel as well. And don’t be afraid to incorporate multiple patterns – just tie them all together with a common color.

“We’re All Mad Here.”

While moody design is ideal for a study, dining room, or formal living room, a more playful print may be just right for your family room, kitchen… or even the guest bathroom.

Don’t hesitate to paper your bathroom walls with vivid wild flowers or daisy illustrated patterns. It’s time to embrace your mad playful self.

“’Mad and playful’ can range from Medieval dungeon to Disney to Las Vegas,” says Solomon. “But for most people, it translates to light, colorful, interesting, intriguing, and open.” Solomon explains that once you’ve settled on your mad and playful tone, it’s time to choose patterns – for rugs, tiles, upholstery – that support that tone.

Connect With Color

How you incorporate colors and patterns – whether in countertops or carpets – determines the “feel” of that space. The USC Rossier School of Education researched the impact of color in a classroom, and these findings support how color affects your living space as well:

“Moody” colors include prints in blues and greens. Blue offers comfort and security, and green is relaxing and quiet. “Mad playful” colors, on the other hand, would be found in the red and yellow families. Red is active and strong, while yellow is cheerful. Easily play up your room with our editors picks Kirsten Teak or Northview Sunrise and watch your room come to life.

Bottom line: Create spaces that reflect your moods. Look to your ProSource Wholesale showroom to help advise you on amazingly stylish mad and moody patterns and textures in carpet, tile, and countertops, or at the very least, pull it all together. Remember to identify how you feel (creative?) when you spend time in your home office versus how you feel (relaxed?) when you’re in your bedroom. Imagine how those feelings (moods) might translate into colors, prints, and patterns. Then decorate!

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