Mixing patterns when decorating can seem intimidating. Especially if it’s not something you’re accustomed to doing. Some people seem like they are born with a natural talent for it, while the rest of us need a little assistance along the way. If you love pattern, mixing different patterns shouldn’t be something you shy away from because you’re not sure how to do it. This is a skill you can acquire. And I’m here to help you with an easy three-step approach to combining multiple patterns.
Bringing in pattern is an excellent way to add individual style and personality to a room. It makes a space come alive with movement, visual interest, and character. A great place to start, particularly if you are new to mixing patterns, is with throw pillows. That’s why for now, I’m going to be focusing on how to mix pillows in three different patterns in three different scales.
EASY METHOD FOR MIXING PATTERNS
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Find a large-scale pattern you love and use it as your main pattern. Your main pattern will anchor your color scheme and the rest of the patterns you use in the room will be based on it. It should make a statement and convey the mood and style you want for the room, but the most important thing about it is that you love and are inspired by it.
LARGE SCALE PATTERN (ORGANIC DESIGN)
Next, you’ll mix in your medium-scale pattern. It should be half the scale of your main pattern. As you select your second pattern, there are two things you need to consider: color and type of pattern.
COLOR: Your second pattern should have at least one or two colors in common with your main pattern. Color is key to making these patterns work together.
TYPE – ORGANIC OR GEOMETRIC: Organic patterns are inspired by nature. They have florals, leaves, and swirling shapes. Geometric patterns consist of triangles, circles, squares, and lines. Polka dots, stripes, and plaids are all geometric patterns.
For your second pattern, choose one that is the opposite of your first pattern. For example, if your main fabric is a floral pattern (organic), try pairing it with stripes or polka dots (geometric).
MEDIUM SCALE PATTERN (GEOMETRIC DESIGN)
Next you’ll choose your smallest pattern. It should have at least one color in common with your main pattern, but it doesn’t have to be the primary color in the pattern.
SMALL SCALE PATTERN (ORGANIC DESIGN)
Once you have your three patterns, include a solid color pillow to help support the color scheme and give the eyes a chance to rest.
SHOP THE LOOK
If you’ve found these steps helpful, I’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments. 🙂
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