Q. I have a Kilim couch in my family room with a busy pattern. It was an impulse buy years ago and I have never figured out how to make it work. I have no other patterns because I don’t want anything to clash. How can I make anything else work with this busy couch?
A. In my opinion, Kilim sofa’s are amazing! Don’t be afraid of this sofa. Make it look like the best thing in your family room. If you follow these tips, it’s this busy sofa pattern that will make your room so fantastic.
Your arm chairs would look great if they have throw pillows with a similar style pattern. The Kilim is an “ethnic” pattern so you can look for a pattern that mimics this style. It allows for an overall eclectic look when you have similar patterns but never matching. They are all bold and unique in their own way.
Finding patterns that work together will never clash. You can tell when you look at something that has a similar color scheme, that although the patterns are entirely different, they do work together.
Art is another great way to bring in some bold styles and patterns. Here you can show off your love for this wild pattern in pieces beyond just the textiles.
Solids are easiest, just make sure you’re choosing colors that work with the sofa. Make sure you take a swatch or a really great photo with you when you go shopping for other pieces.
When it comes to picking other colors, I would pick up to 3 colors from that original pattern that you want to incorporate throughout the room. This is actually a good way to cheat and establish a color scheme. If the colors are neutral, then you can just go crazy.
Make everything else void of pattern entirely. This means your rugs, drapes, pillows, and throws will need to solid. Texture is a good thing to vary, but maybe less patterns are your cup of tea.
Simple is Best
Let this be that bold piece in your room that gets everyone’s attention. In order to do this, it’s okay to allow for everything else in your room to be simple.
Go with white walls, patternless textiles, and fill the room with strong solid colors.
I mean if you’re gonna do it, maybe it’s worth going all out. If you want to have a room that is just intense and wild, then bring in multiple patterns.
Make your window treatments and rug just as outrageous as that sofa. There will be no confusion that you were trying to go big.