Remember how I was so gleeful about the Marimekko fabric I bought at Finn Style? Well, after forgetting it in Thunder Bay and finally getting it here to the townhouse I realized that the white background of the fabric is whiter than any white in my house. Much whiter.
My thinking was this: I wanted to mix up the pillow assortment a bit, keep things from getting too matchy-matchy, and I also thought a black & white pattern would help tie together the white/light elements (new lighter sofa, white walls) with the dark (dark ottoman, dining room chairs, etc). I draped the fabric over a pillow form for a trial run and realized the fabric looks . . . odd. It makes the other whites (walls, sheers, etc.) look dirty. It also draws the eye away from everything, so all you see is the fabric. If I lined it with a creamy neutral it softens the white a bit, but I think even the scale is wrong.
Meh, they're just pillows. I know my mistakes (too bright of a background, too large a scale of print) so round two of fabric picking, I know I'll get it right. Plus, I think not shopping with photos of the space, or even scraps of the other textiles, was a no-no. I just kind of got swept up in the beauty of the store.
I'm back to the drawing board, but I wanted to share this little disappointment so you don't think it's all sunshine and rainbows over here. As I search, here are a few inspiring photos of pillows mixed perfectly:
|The Nest; Modern Jane; Emily A. Clark; Houzz|