Roberto Cavalli knows his prints. Best known for his wildly opulent designs, the king of extravagance has splashed bold patterns across the catwalk and dressed some of the biggest names in fashion & entertainment for decades. In 2012 he brought his daringly decadent creations to the home, and we’ve been obsessed ever since. As unashamedly opulent as his catwalk creations, Roberto Cavalli’s home collection focuses on two things: big prints & busy patterns. Inspired by the designer’s amplified approach to interiors, we take a look at some of the simplest ways to clash patterns in all the right ways…
Play with Scale
If your style is more Scandi minimalism, clashing prints may seem intimidating at first. Ease yourself in with one type of pattern and play around with scale to give the illusion of varying prints. Florals are a great place to start with this look. Whether you’re layering pillows or updating your bed linen, pick one print and play with scale across a variety of soft furnishings.
Break up Monochromes with Colour
For a modern take on pattern clashing, contrast a monochrome scheme with bold and bright colors. Be brave, this isn’t a look for muted or pastel tones. We love a mix of block stripes against geometric prints, but it can also work with more intricate patterns and even florals. Whichever big prints you embrace, start with a base of black & white and break up the look with splashes of color. It’s as simple as that.
One Tone Wonders
If you’re crazy for coral or mad for mustard, it’s time to indulge those must-have hues. Big prints love block colors, so this is the perfect way to get started with pattern clashing as it’s so easy to get right. The key is to vary the shades of your favourite color to stop the overall scheme looking flat. And for extra style points introduce different textures such as furs and velvets. What’s your favourite color?
It’s all in the Details
When you think of Roberto Cavalli you think big, bold and bright. But sometimes, especially for smaller rooms, we need to look at the little details. If you’ve got a home study, a guest bedroom or smaller room that would be overpowered by large prints, look to small accessories that make a big impact. This orange vase is the perfect contrast to the monotone palms on the feature wall. Small, but mighty.
Is your passion for clashing still underwhelmed? Then it’s time to be brave with your interior. Forget the rules and embrace your individuality. Want to mix bright florals with leopard print? Or pair polka dots with chevron stripes? Find pieces you love and mix and match until you find a look that suits you. Life’s too short for boring interiors.