Mixing patterns is a great way to add style and personality to a room. However, it’s one aspect of design that many people are afraid to try because they’re not sure how to do it. Here are ten simple tips that will help you to get started and give you confidence when it comes to mixing patterns.
10 Tips for Mixing Patterns
1 Odd numbers work best in interior design. Use a minimum of 3 different patterns varying the scale by using small, medium and large patterns.
3 Mix different types of prints such as floral, check, geometric, stripe, polka-dot, paisley, toile, or plaid.
4 Always select your largest pattern first, but do so carefully. This pattern will anchor your color scheme and the rest of the room will be based on it. This pattern should make a statement.
5 The second pattern should be half the scale of the first one and have at least two colors in common with it. If you went with a floral on the first pattern, this one could be a stripe or geometric.
6 The colors of the third pattern should compliment the first two and be the smallest in scale.
7 If you choose to go with a fourth pattern, make sure it is even smaller in scale than the third and is used most sparingly.
8 The color intensity should be the same for all patterns. For example, don’t mix pastel patterns with jewel tone patterns.
9 Don’t forget that rugs and other accessories are an opportunity to bring in pattern.
10 Include solid colors in your design to help support the patterns.
Mixing patterns can give a room the wow factor. These tips will help you to create a room that gets noticed. What are your favorite patterns to mix together?