Black and white dining room with spotted chairs by Albert Pinto via @thouswellblog(via Irwin Weiner, design by Albert Pinto)

Throughout the past couple of years my style has grown and evolved, and as I have become more confident I have started veering away from minimal spaces and started leaning into a richer, more layered look that involves much more color and pattern. Although it’s easy to go easy, breezy all-white, pulling together a complex color palette and mixing patterns takes much more gusto – and the result is often so satisfying! Even if a room has a neutral palette, like the dining room above, bringing a bold fabric to the dining chairs takes some guts, don’t you think? I discovered how fun it was to have access to thousands of designer fabrics and wallpapers when I worked with DecoratorsBest for my father’s bedroom, and I was so thrilled with the Robert Allen fabric I picked for the curtains. Although they offer fabric, wallpaper, pillows, and poufs, I thought I would focus on their fabric selection today with some of my favorite choices in the neutral, green, blue, and warm color palettes. Check out my picks below after the jump.

Grey, tan, black, and white neutral fabrics from DecoratorsBest on @thouswellblog


From top to bottom: Schumacher, Pindler, Duralee, Clarence House, Groundworks, Schumacher

Blue designer fabrics from DecoratorsBest on @thouswellblog


From top to bottom: Robert Allen, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Groundworks, Robert Allen, Duralee

Green designer fabrics from DecoratorsBest on @thouswellblog


From top to bottom: Duralee, Beacon Hill, Schumacher, Robert Allen, Kravet, Kravet

Red, pink, orange and yellow fabrics from DecoratorsBest on @thouswellblog


From top to bottom: GP & J Baker, Kravet, Kravet, Kravet, Highland Court, Duralee

I have a harder time with a warm palette, but I love the variety I found in the selection above. It took me a bit out of my comfort zone, which is always good! I’m also digging the green selection for the exotic jungle-y vibes and the cool blues, as always. Using custom fabric in a project is so much fun – even if it’s just a small detail like two throw pillows. Do you see any favorites above?

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  1. Haley R wrote:

    For a study of warm colors and prints look to classic, antique design. England,Italy, India are all great examples of warm patterns. I think it’s the 1500-1800 that are the best examples although I didn’t look up the years so don’t quote me on that.

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