Mixing and Matching Patterns
Mixing patterns can be a daunting task to many but often make a big impact on your space. At one point or another, you’ve probably been told stripes don’t go with polka dots, or that floral would never go with a geometric pattern. The answer, however, should not be that they never go together, but instead that if done right they will completely elevate each other. With this helpful guide, you’ll be able to mix patterns like a pro and bring some life to the design.
Three is the Key – Although you can certainly mix more or less than three patterns together, following the rule of three help you to not go overboard. By having a combination of a large print, medium print, and small print, you will add interest to the design while not having two large, oversized, competing patterns. Beyond just the size of the print, you should avoid having equal amounts of each print in the room. Make one of your patterns the feature print with an accompanying, prominent accent print and then a subtle third print. Following the 60/30/10 rule will help you to achieve this and not overwhelm your guests.
Beyond the Fabric – Patterns and prints do not have to be mixed solely through your curtains, bedding, and pillows. Accenting a bold floral wallpaper with geometric pillows is great, but if you can all feature a geometric pattern in the legs of an accent table or the shape of a lamp base, you will add dimension to the room without overdoing printed fabrics.
Keep It in the Family – Mixing patterns and colors can be done but a simple rule of thumb to follow that will help you to easily mix patterns is to keep them all in the same color family. If your feature pattern is a deep, bold blue, keep your other patterns in a similar cool tone by sticking to blue-grays, teal, etc. This will help the space to feel more cohesive and allow your eyes to focus on one thing at a time without overwhelming the space.
Rest Your Eyes – All of these prints and patterns can be the perfect pop of fun your room needed, but it’s still very important to give your eyes a break. Maintaining a few solids will give your eye something to focus on and help to prevent your room from becoming too visually busy. Even if your goal is to have a loud, vibrant room, you will want something solid to provide a foundation. You want those prints to pop right? Make sure they don’t get lost with all the others!
As a designer, we often have an idea of which patterns will work together and how to add interest without overdoing it. With these tips, you will be able to mix your patterns and prints like a pro, and are sure to create the room of your dreams!