5 Tips For Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns in a space is a great way to add interest, color, and depth while giving it a custom look., but there are a few guidelines to follow if you want to avoid a jarring and uncoordinated look.  As you read below, keep in mind that the various patterns and colors don’t need to “match” each other, they just need to go well together!

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First, work with an odd number of patterns. Odd numbers tend to look best, so if you’re going to be mixing patterns, start with three different patterns in three different scales.  Once you’ve mastered the key to mixing patterns, try for five!

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Use varying scales of patterns. Incorporate many different scales to the space so the prints don’t compete with one another.  Sticking with the rule of three, pick one large, one medium, and one small pattern to work with.  For example, try one large floral/organic pattern, plus one medium geometric, and one small, classic pattern.

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Large patterns work best on large pieces, and small patterns on smaller pieces. When choosing the location of your patterns, keep in mind the space in which you are working.  A large pattern works best on a large item, such as a wall, window treatment or area rug, because the space is large enough to accommodate the pattern in its entirety.  A medium pattern is better suited to furniture and a small pattern to accent pieces.  (Note: Sometimes, small patterns can look busy when used in large amounts.)

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Look for a large pattern that incorporates all of your colors. One approach to begin building your mix of patterns if your space has several colors in it is to think of the large pattern as your anchor.  It should be the biggest, boldest and incorporate all of your colors in your color scheme.  From there, pick a different, medium-sized pattern (about half the size of your large pattern) that utilizes some of the colors.  Lastly, the small pattern can use just two or three of your colors.  One easy way to do this is to look for a fabric that has coordinating patterns available.

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Lastly, don’t be afraid to break the rules! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so break the rules if it looks good to you!  Sometimes, complementary patterns and motifs come together in an organic and unplanned fashion, so if it looks good to you, go for it!

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5 NO FAIL Interior Design Tricks

Are you not sure where to begin designing your home? We’re here to help! We know first-hand how hard it can be, so we’ve rounded up a few of our basic steps to making your home look the way you’ve always dreamed! It’s a lot easier than you may think to design your own space, so follow along!

You can never go wrong with a white room.

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 White rooms have been all the rage for a while now, and I don’t see that trend ending any time soon.  White paint makes a room feel open, airy, and bright, while providing the perfect backdrop for whatever accent colors you choose to throw in. Also, if your tastes change often, you won’t have to repaint to match your latest design choices.

Change out the lighting.

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There is nothing worse than feeling like you are under interrogation lights. There are many ways to address this. Adding dimmers to your switches is relatively easy, and do your best to vary the heights of lighting in a room. You don’t want everything on the same plane. Use soft pink light bulbs for a flattering glow. In the picture above of this amazing kitchen, you will notice ceiling lights, pendant lights, and then task lighting under the range hood.

Add architectural interest to the space.

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There is no better way to elevate your room and increase the value of your home then by adding architectural details.  There are many ways to achieve this look.  Adding wainscoting (like you see in this picture), crown molding, or ceiling beams are some great examples.

Choose a variety of seating.

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 No more matching sets!  If you already own a matched set, try upholstering or painting some of the pieces or moving pieces to another room.  For example, a night stand can be an end table in your family room.

Add greenery.

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 Browse through home pictures, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one that does not contain some greenery or some fresh flowers.  Potted plants add softness, and flowers add life to a room. They change the whole energy in the room!

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