LA Good Questions: Solid or Patterned?

LA Good Questions: Solid or Patterned?

Gregory Han
Jan 7, 2008

Dear AT:LA:

I recently bought this headboard and platform frame from Brocade Home. Now I'm looking for bedding, throw pillows and side tables. Do you think white or off-white solid colored bedding is the only way to go? Would a pattern compete too much with the headboard?

I like the duvet pattern in Brocade Home's photograph but I don't know if I'd prefer something more original than just copying the catalog. I'm thinking about small mirrored night tables on the sides, wood might look too heavy. What do you think?

Thanks, Blu.

Hi Blu,

Personally, we say if you're going to go ornate, go for it full gusto (this might be in due part because we just watched Visconti's dreamy mid-nineteenth century period piece, The Leopard).

We think you're absolutely correct in not wanting to copy the catalog and personalize your own room in your own style, complimenting what already exists in your bedroom. But without knowing the details and dimensions of your room, it's difficult to advise one way or the other. Heavy furnishings and decoration look dramatic in a high ceiling room (as shown in the catalog photo), but confining in a tighter, smaller room. White can look plain and minimal if use in large swatches in roomier spaces.

Readers? Any opinions?

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