Mixing patterns can add so much movement and visual impact to a space, yet so many people are afraid to give it a whirl. We promise it’s easy to do. Here’s a quick guide to help you get started.
Start with a color palette.
The first (and easiest) place to start, is with a color scheme. It’s important because those are the colors that will be weaved between all the fabrics. It’s a good idea to include at least one neutral color family (creams, browns, grays etc) in the mix.
When you’re deciding on colors, keep in my the 60-30-10 rule. You should have 60% of your dominate color, 30% of a secondary color and 10% of an accent or pop. When it comes to neutrals, you can use many tones, but when selecting other colors, either stay in the same family (warm or cool, moody or bright etc) or you can do complimentary to make the room pop.
Select your patterns.
The best way to mix patterns is to chose an organic pattern with movement and curves, and pair it with something more geometric with a pattern repeat. The combination of the two will give the room unity. The biggest mistake that causes visual distraction would be the overuse of a single pattern. It’s always best to use patterns as accessories rather than the main focal point.
There’s not a set formula when it comes to patterns; however we like to follow a 1:1 ratio. Equal parts a movement pattern and geometric pattern paired together look nice. Then you can add more visual impact and texture with solids in your color scheme.
Go big in your home.
It’s okay to go bold! A larger pattern makes a statement, but don’t overdo it. You shouldn’t have a big bold pattern in every room; however, when used sparingly, having a room that packs a punch is always refreshing.
Scale in size.
When you select your patterns be sure they aren’t all the same size. If you have a large circular print, be sure to pair it with something that is comparably smaller. This lets each pattern stand out on its own, yet compliments each other.