John O'Hagan

These tried-and-true tips will help you spruce up a room with lively color and patterns.

You may feel a little nervous about using a standout fabric such as this toile, but paired with the right elements, it's a look you'll love.

Bold Fabric, Bold Wall Color
For all those beige-only homeowners, this approach may seem drastic. But to give a bold print a softer appearance, it's best to carry the dominant color of the fabric onto your walls. In the home of Ted and Peggy Haigler of Raleigh, North Carolina, the golden yellow backdrop of the toile makes for a rich finish on the walls. The fabric blends in the room, and red accents keep the look exciting.

Drapery Solutions
Panels are an ideal solution to highlight the large print of the fabric; however, covering the entire span of the breakfast room's bay window would be too much. Designer Stewart Woodard paired simple pinch pleat draperies with sheers that filter the sun. The large wooden rod masks the functional hardware of the sheers.

Stewart chose a fixed Roman shade in the same toile fabric to hang above the French doors near the breakfast room. Red tassel fringe highlights the soft scalloped edge. Hanging the treatment slightly above the doorframe emphasizes the high ceiling.

Accent With Red or Blue
The final key is to accessorize with the secondary color in the fabric. Look for the hue in rugs, vases, candles, or dishware. Or, throw in a completely different color. Try blue plates or platters with red and yellow fabric.

Give Bold Fabric a Chance
Page 126: Interior design by Stewart Woodard, (919) 821-7122.

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