Being bold in your home can be daunting. However, when done correctly, it can make a room. Regardless, the question remains: Where does one start?

Think about stripping the room down to your favorite things and rebuilding it based only on your favorite items. Start with your “Queen,” Lyn Mabry of Living Spaces by Lyn advises. “There is always a ‘Queen’ in the room,” she says. “The bold sofa, antique mirror, ripe fiddle leaf fig in the corner, exquisite chandelier — that one piece that holds the most important position, the life of the party, the conversation starter — the Queen.”

The Queen doesn’t necessarily have to be a piece of furniture, but rather a ceiling, patterned wallpaper or tiled floor. “All these elements can set the tone for the room,” says Lyn.

The queen doesn’t always have to be a piece of furniture, especially with a fireplace like the one pictured above. Image: Living Spaces by Lyn

The “Queen” doesn’t always have to be a piece of furniture, especially with a fireplace like the one pictured above. Image: Living Spaces by Lyn

Once the Queen has been determined, add color, pattern and texture to bring your room to life. “Designing a space is a personal and individualized experience,” says Amy Wagner of Reflections of You, by Amy. “However in all spaces you want layers. The goal is to create a neutral canvas and accessorize with various elements including wood, metal, patterns and fabrics that feel and appeal to the clients’ specific taste.”

We turned to the experts to understand how to incorporate these layers and elements in a seamless way.

Layering Colors, Patterns & Textures Into Your Home

COLOR

Color has the ability to transform a room. From a bold-colored sofa to a standout travel souvenir to a colorful piece of artwork, pops of colors are a great way to develop style and scheme.

These bold yellow window treatments lift the room and add a sense of cheerfulness to the space. Image: LL&A Interior Design

These bold yellow window treatments lift the room and add a sense of cheerfulness to the space. Image: LL&A Interior Design

“Color scheme depends a lot on the space and the personality of the person primarily using the space,” says Nancy Rankin of Huber Decor. Think about the room and its purpose. How will the room be used? Are there specific travel trinkets or antique pieces already in possession that should be a part of the room?

“I myself prefer the bright, saturated colors of India and Morocco, but my job as a designer is to develop a color scheme that my client will find comfortable and inviting,” says Merridian Home Furnishings interior designer Jack Kennedy.

This space, styled by Merridian displays how a bold colors and patterns can still be warm and inviting. Image: Merridian

This space, styled by Merridian, displays how bold colors and patterns can not only be fun, but also warm and inviting. Image: Merridian Home Furnishings

Tammy Randall of LL&A Interior Design also starts with the client’s personality. “We will always start with what speaks to a client that they may already own,” she says. “A treasured piece of artwork, an area carpet or a collection of any kind are all sources of inspiration.”

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From your anchor point, add items within the same color family to add depth and interest to a room. Don’t be afraid to experiment with color. “The harmony of objects in a space becomes apparent as items are added or edited,” says Lyn of Living Spaces by Lyn.

PATTERNS

Bold colors are striking, but patterns create a sense of energy. Depending on how they’re used, they can make a room playful and exciting or calm and tranquil.

“Patterns add great dimension and comfort to a space,” says Tammy Randall of LL&A Interior Design. Keep things interesting with an accent chair or ottoman in a dramatic pattern to make a statement.

LL&A Interiors makes a serious statement with this zebra rug. Image: LL&A Interiors

LL&A Interiors makes a serious statement with this zebra rug. Image: LL&A Interior Design

"I absolutely love using bold patterns and bright colors, especially in small spaces," says Katie Hewitt of Home Staging Specialists. Image: Home Staging Specialists

“I absolutely love using bold patterns and bright colors, especially in small spaces,” says Katie Hewitt of Home Staging Specialists, who designed this striking, bold bathroom. Image: Home Staging Specialists

“Artworks and rugs are I think the most effective ways to introduce bold color and pattern into a room,” says Jack of Merridian Home Furnishings. “I love a bold wallpaper in a small powder room.”

Mixing and matching patterns is also perfectly acceptable. It might be helpful to start by building upon one bold pattern in a room. Depending on the tone you wish to set, add patterns that either contrast or complement it.

“To make multiple patterns work together, you need to make sure you are using patterns of different scales,” says Katie Hewitt of Home Staging Specialists. “Using too many small patterns will make a space seem very busy. Don’t be afraid to use a larger-scaled pattern — it will make a great statement in any room, and it will add color that speaks for itself.”

To create a balanced ambiance, choose solid colors in muted tones that play off bolder patterns. “A successful mix of patterns in a room will include a variety of scale and a balance between organic and geometric shapes,” adds Jack.

The patterns this living room, from LL&A Interior Design’s award-winning Home Expo House, work together perfectly. Image: LL&A Interior Design

The patterns in this living room, from LL&A Interior Design’s award-winning Home Expo House, work together perfectly. Image: LL&A Interior Design

If you are wary of patterns on fabrics, incorporate geometric patterns through your hardware and lighting fixtures. Image: Living Spaces by Lyn

If you are wary of patterns on fabrics, incorporate geometric patterns through your hardware and lighting fixtures. Image: Living Spaces by Lyn

TEXTURES

Have you ever looked at a room and thought something was missing? Never underestimate the power of texture. While often overlooked, it puts the finishing touch on any room. In fact, in the wise words of interior designer and blogger Emily Henderson, “Pattern is your friend, but texture is your lover.”

Texture goes beyond appearance to create a feeling. It can add a sense of warmth, comfort or character to a room. “A room in which a variety of textures are incorporated will likely be one in which color recedes into the background,” says Jack of Merridian Home Furnishings, and Katie Hewitt of Home Staging Specialists agrees, adding, “In a neutral room, the best way to add interest and personality is through texture. Texture can easily be added to a space and just as easily changed when you’re ready. And, including texture in your space will give it multiple layers and dimensions.”

A big, bright, white room with pops of bold colors is brought to life with texture. Image: Emily Henderson

A big, bright white room with pops of bold colors is brought to life with texture. Image: Emily Henderson

"Pillows, rugs and window treatments are great textures to soften a hard room," says Katie Hewitt of Home Staging Specialists. Image: Home Staging Specialists

“Pillows, rugs and window treatments are great textures to soften a hard room,” says Katie Hewitt of Home Staging Specialists. Image: Home Staging Specialists

Metallic accents are a quick and easy way to add texture and interest in the way that they catch and reflect the light. This collection from Merridian shows the multiple ways that metallics can do this. Image: Merridian

Metallic accents are a quick and easy way to add texture and interest in the way that they catch and reflect the light. This collection from Merridian shows the multiple ways that metallics can do this. Image: Merridian Home Furnishings

Some of the best ways to incorporate texture are through books, pillows, blankets, throws, rugs and plants. Additionally, “Custom window treatments always add much-needed texture to a room in either a complementary color or pattern,” says Tammy Randall of LL&A Interior Design.

Like jewelry, texture is crucial, but don’t get carried away. Make an impact by creating textural contrast. For instance, “Focus on a variety of materials and textures to add interest, like a deep pile rug, painted brick and a combination of smooth metal and rustic wood,” says Nancy of Huber Decor.

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“With so many fabrics and pieces to choose from, I recommend touching and feelings fabrics before finalizing a purchase,” says Amy Wagner of Reflections of You, by Amy. “All too often clients call on our team because they ‘tried coordinating a space on their own’ only to purchase and return items because they were the wrong size, not comfortable or the colors just did not flow. Impulse purchases are not always successful. Take your time.”

The printed rug and textured throw add a sense of comfort and dimension to this master bedroom. Image: LL&A Interior Design

The printed rug and textured throw add a sense of comfort and dimension to this master bedroom. Image: LL&A Interior Design

The sleek textures of this marble countertop, stainless steel fridge and gleaming hardwood floors are a lovely complement to the variegated textures of the greenery, which surrounds the space through a wall of windows and doors. Image: Living Spaces by Lyn

The sleek textures of this marble countertop, stainless steel fridge and gleaming hardwood floors are a lovely complement to the variegated textures of the greenery, which surround the space through a wall of windows and doors. Image: Living Spaces by Lyn

There are certain rooms that look particularly rich, interesting and balanced. While interior design cannot be boiled down into a formula or specific steps, layering is the key to an exquisite room. The challenge in design is to encourage all of the elements to interact together in a unique and inviting way. The elements of design are like the language of a room. Each corner should pull you in.

Now, go forth and have fun layering colors, patterns and textures into your own living spaces!

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