Thursday, January 22, 2009

Can multiple patterns live in harmony?

Yes, that green is a teensy bit radioactive-colored, but the yellow tempers it and makes the blueness of the wall stand out more. This goes to show you that perceptual contrast can save almost any color. Though the use of color in the above photograph is skillful, the rug situation is painful. The first problem is that there are four of them. The overall effect is something like this car:

Two coordinating patterns can work together. A pattern with two contrasting elements can work with a more muted pattern. The reason there isn't a lot of theory on two somewhat coordinating patterns mixed with one pattern containing contrasting elements, and one pattern that clashes with itself is that nobody ever thought that it would be seen. Until the design world makes an official proclamation about this situation, I can only offer the following advice about bringing it into your home:

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1 comment:

  1. Actually, I think I kind of want that car. It can't be much more ghetto than the one I already have- and it least it's humorous.