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Winter Decor Mixes Neutrals & Pops of Color

It seems like everyone started decorating for the holidays early this year. For those last hold outs, Thanksgiving is officially behind us, there are no more excuses! It’s time to break out your winter decor. It’s easy to get overloaded on red and green this time of year, so we’ve been looking for inspiration in other places. This photo drew us in with that gorgeous plaid, wool blanket and all the shades in the warm wood. It’s giving off the cozy, stay-at-home vibe that feels very on brand for 2020.

How can we use this winter decor palette in a pattern?

When we’re working with neutrals to color a pattern, it can be tempting to keep out the color altogether. Plenty of people love neutrals. They don’t want to commit to a specific color in a space or feel like they’re constantly trying to match a color every time they want to add an element. Neutrals can be beautiful for that purpose, but they can also get boring or flat with no contrast. By adding a pop of color to a pattern, the eye gets a break from all the neutrals. Done well, a pop of color can even highlight the neutrals without overpowering them. Likewise, pairing a strong color with a neutral instead of another color can also add interest to a pattern without making it multicolor.

Left: Pattern P1226 • Right: Pattern P1445

This image is inspiring new colorways and also putting us in the mood to pull out those boxes of holiday decorations! What do you like most about this image? Let us know in the comments!

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Kristin Crane

Kristin Crane has designed jacquard designs for the home furnishing and residential jobber market for many years, with mills in the US and in China. Today, she writes about pattern and design trends for Design Pool from her home in Providence, Rhode Island. When not writing about fabric, she can be found weaving in her home studio or hiking along the Rhode Island coast.


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