San Francisco designer Kimball Starr is featured as the interior design expert in a guest appearance on the nationally televised series of PBS “Creative Living with Sheryl Borden”. Kimball shows how to mix patterns, color, and texture to enrich the look of your home’s interiors.
In this third and final 5-minute video segment, Kimball shares expert tips on how to mix fabric patterns in a contemporary bedroom. She creates a romantic space, and balances the masculine and feminine styles of a married couple through a curated selection of materials, fabric patterns, texture, and color.
Video transcript below:
[Announcer] – With your host Sheryl Borden.
[Kimball] – So now we have a dini- a bedroom area, I should say.
[Sheryl] – Bedroom, okay.
– So this was a newlywed couple and they’re very young and they wanted something really fun and youthful.
– Uh huh.
– So, we still wanted to keep it romantic but not too feminine that, as you were saying,
– the husband feels alienated and feels like he’s living in girly-land.
– So we started with this rug that has a really geometric print, so it’s a little bit of a masculine feel but popped it with some fun color. And I– on this I have a grass cloth. Let me show you the other. So that’s our bed. And this is to the right of the bed. And you can see there’s a grass cloth here.
– Oh, on the wall. Uh-huh.
– If you were feeling a little adventurous you could do something like this and really add a lot of pattern and texture.
– This, this is the grass cloth.
– This is, this is the– yeah. This is—
– It’s so, so much like the– I can’t believe it. – [laughs]
– How you found that!
– It’s not the same manufacturer.
– Uh huh. – Yeah.
– That’s amazing!
– And so the drapes were done in this fabric and this is a blackout drape so it doesn’t let any light through and because it was so dark I really wanted to bring a splash of color and some brightness into—
– the room. So by using this—
– a border or—
– Mm hmm, by using this really fun—
– an accent.
– accent, this yellow accent, and our side tables are done in a lacquer, and we actually had them custom painted in this really bright yellow on the sides of the bed. Then our lamps that we purchased were just simple white lampshades, but you can take any sort of fabric and cover. And so this is the floral fabric that we took to cover the lampshades that sit on top of the nightstand.
And then that leaves us with our wall color. So, I picked kind of this mauve-y tone and then for the ceiling we just lightened it up a little. And then all that’s left– Oh, there’s also some sitting chairs to the right of that, which are white leather.
– Oh, okay.
– And all that’s left is the bed. So we have a headboard, which we used a really luxurious kind of sexy velvet, which is great for honeymooners and newlyweds. And here I have a floral print for the bedspread, but if you’re going use this sort of grasscloth for the space I think that would just start to be too much—
– Too much.
– pattern. So assuming you use something like that, then you tone it down and use a solid color like this, really thin wool, and then you can accent with pillows. And you can do some little small—
– That’s what really pulls things together–
– It seems like, when you do the accent pillows.
– Absolutely, and then this pulls in the colors. It’s a fun little pattern, and if you wanna do something a little bolder, you can use something like this also as a–
– Yeah, that’s pretty with it too.
– accent for the pillows on the bed, and the white brings in the white leather chairs and most of the white of the lamp shade, so you have a balance of light, medium, and dark tones.
– And that’s important too.
– Yeah, and then if you want to really make it kinda more moody, then you could also bring in something like this, which is a darker accent pillow.
– But if you want—
– Oh, for the pillow.
– Mm hmm.
– Uh huh.
– Oh I love the colors you work with. What do you do when someone wants colors you don’t like? Is that hard to work with?
– You know what? There’s no colors I don’t like.
– Oh okay. – So—
– So that never happens.
– Well it’s a good thing. Well, you do a wonderful job. I’ve enjoyed seeing–
– Thank you.
– what all you pulled and put together.
– Thank you so much.
– Thank you so much, Sheryl, it was fun!
Kimball Starr is Principal of a San Francisco award-winning interior design firm, whose residential interiors have been featured on national television, and globally published in a series of hardcover books. To work with her on YOUR home or project, contact Kimball today for a complimentary consultation!