Sometimes as consumers we shop for items on a impulse, or maybe we were guided by a recent trend. Often these things look great on the catalog page or in the store but once they are in your home they may clash, throw off the feel of the room or be what we call too “busy.” Often times the busy pattern can simply be removed or relocated to another part of the home. What though, can you do if it is more permanent, like a floor that has been installed, or a counter top. Here's a few options to help you tone down the busy feel of flooring, wall covering, or counter tops.
First and foremost lets take a look at what causes that too busy feel. Many times it is stark contrasts in color. Even in patterns, its more than likely the stark contrasts that cause the pattern to become disconcerting. When we deal with color and how to tone it down we need to break it down to the strongest two opposing colors and work from there.
Dark colors in a busy pattern need to be diffused and the best way to do that is to downplay them. Using dark items, and/or dark paint will make the dark areas in the pattern more noticeable and draw them out. The way to tone down the power of the darkest colors is by looking at their opposing colors presented in the pattern.
Seek out the lightest color or a medium tone in the busy piece. For instance in a striped bamboo floor that is too overpowering you'd want to look for the mid tones, the creams, softer browns. Once you locate these lighter and medium shades, you can then find corresponding accessories, rugs, and paint colors that match. By increasing the power of the medium and light tones in a busy pattern, you help to minimize the visual “presence” of the darker colors in a pattern.
Remember, items like granite, bamboo flooring, glass tile back-splashes are permanent commitments in décor. Choose wisely and be sure to plan out ahead of time how to deal with any busy patterns. If you can find mid value paint colors, accessories and other decorations, you should be happy with the end result. If you can, ask to take home a sample for a few days to make sure you can make it work.
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