Start with a clean canvas: remove all patterned items from the room
Repeat Colors in Patterns
When mixing different patterns in a room, it’s a good tip to use colors in common. If a room has a lot of blues, for example, you could use that color as a thread throughout the room to create a cohesive space. Even if the patterns themselves are different, you can pull them together with a repeating color. For instance, you may combine a gingham patterned cushion with a striped armchair – these two different patterns can look great together as long as they both share the same color schemes. This way, the patterns don’t compete for attention and can work together to create a unified, sophisticated look.
Go for contrast: Choose patterns that are different in scale, color, and texture
Don’t be afraid to use wallpaper as inspiration
Sometimes a bit of inspiration can be just the thing needed to mix patterns in a room. Wallpaper is a great place to look for ideas – from subtle prints to bold geometrics. If there is a particular pattern that you like you can use it as a starting point for your room. Or why not go for two coordinating wallpapers — you can use the same fabric or two subtly different ones to avoid the room from feeling too busy. It’s also worth considering a wallpaper boarder for a neat, finished touch. Try three patterns in a range of scales, such as a narrow stripe, a midsize geometric, and a bold floral.
When mixing patterns it’s best to start off with a focal point
If you choose three patterns that complement each other, you can use them to create a look that is balanced and visually appealing. A great way to approach this is to use a range of scales — one large and bold pattern, one mid-sized pattern and one narrow stripe. The narrow stripe can be used to tie the other two together and add a bit of visual interest. Make sure there is a good contrast between the sizes of your patterns to ensure they don’t clash.
Consider the 60/30/10 approach
Stick to 60 percent of a favorite pattern, 30 percent of a second pattern, and 10 percent of a third as an accent. A good way to mix patterns is to use the 60/30/10 approach. This means you should stick to 60 percent of one pattern, 30 percent of a second pattern, and 10 percent of a third as an accent. This will ensure that your room doesn’t become too busy and overwhelming, while still making it interesting. Make sure that you blend the scale, color and texture of the patterns you are using to ensure a cohesive look. Include solids in supporting roles on a sofa or the floor.
It’s important to remember that when you’re mixing patterns, it’s not all about the patterns themselves
Solid-colored fabrics and textures can often be the missing link that bring all the pieces together. If you are using a lot of patterned items, try adding some solids in supporting roles – these can make all the difference in bringing the different patterns in a room together and creating a unified look. For instance, you could use a solid-colored throw to tie together a patterned sofa and curtains with accent cushions.
Following the tips outlined above you can learn to mix patterns. Remember to start with a clean canvas, go for contrast by using patterns in different scales and colors, and use the 60/30/10 approach when combining multiple patterns. It’s also great to make use of solids to complement the patterns and help tie the room together. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to confidently and stylishly mix patterns in a room like a pro.
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