Many people associate patchwork mainly with Shabby chic and Country spaces. In the meantime designers successfully apply patchwork ideas in modern interiors and found many new creative ways of using them in contemporary decor.
It is hard to say who and when exactly invented the patchwork. The earliest examples were found in the Egyptian tombs and also in China around 5000 years ago. Today patchwork is not just textiles. Designers are using the idea of combining blocks of various patterns and sizes to create original and exclusive ornament for wallpapers, tiles, furniture, etc.
Sofa or chair upholstered in colourful patchwork textiles will inevitably become a focal point in any room. Let it play the chief role and avoid clashing colours and designs which will distract attention and create too much “noise” in a space. Monochromatic walls in neutral colours will be possible the best choice and become the perfect backdrop for such an eye-catching piece. The rest of the furniture should be calm and minimalistic – give preference to contemporary sleek forms and neutral colours. Dark walls, such as charcoal or grey can be especially effective, highlighting the vibrant and bright colours of patchwork pattern.
TILES AND WALLPAPER
One or two wallpapers from the same collection is dull and boring, while combing little blocks with various design and colour is a bold, new and creative approach for decorating your walls. Creating a patchwork wall decor though is not about collecting any wallpaper leftovers from a supermarket and sticking them together. To achieve harmonious and pleasant look you should take in considerations how all these little pieces match with each other. Combining them in a single panel requires skills and certain design experience: you should know how to mix different patterns and colour schemes. To make life easier don’t go for all individual designs: instead, pick 4 or 5 and use them in repetition. Try to match them by colour too: for example the green of background on one paper can be on the other in the form of leaves or decorative ornaments.
Patchwork tiles – perhaps too much for an entire wall, but for a small surface, such as backsplash or feature wall, can be a wonderful and unconventional choice:
Another option – putting them on a floor or risers on a staircase:
That’s perhaps the most common and traditional way of incorporating patchwork in home decor. Colourful quilts, cushions, carpets will bring life to any space and will make it looking a bit relaxed and hippie. Add around some natural wood and crispy white for achieving more light, airy look:
Patchwork pattern inspire many designers and artists for creation of beautiful and unique home accessories and objets d’art. Have a look at these amazing pieces, created by talented Armenian artist Anush Khemchyan, which are available in my boutique:
Talking about patchwork, people are usually divided into two categories: those who love it and those who hate. Which camp is yours? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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