Putting together a successful space isn’t just all about finding one perfect lamp, a great rug and a couple of matching toss pillows. Many a time, a layered look of combined patterns and prints is the way to go to get that lived-in and welcoming feeling.
Mixing various patterns and colors can be a scary thing for many people, but there are a few guidelines to creating a successful palette that works for you. You can be as muted or as loud as you want when incorporating pattern into your home. There’s no real “rule” but guidelines can be helpful if combining different prints isn’t your strong suite.
1. Pick a color palette. There’s no right or wrong way to choose colors for your space. Go with what you like, and of course, if you’re planning on mixing up patterns– try to stick within a tonal palette that works with one main color. Even neutrals are a great way to go to really help pattern and texture stand out.
2. Play with scale. Scale is one of the biggest factors when picking out patterned and printed fabrics to mix. Try to pick varying patterns in order to allow the eye to move around without making things look like a mess. Pair a small, medium and large pattern together for visual harmony.
3. Look to geometry. You’ll always want to consider a bit of geometric cohesiveness in your space. While wispy, romantic and organic shapes can be beautifully paired– geometry helps to anchor it all. Toile paired with stripes provide the perfect contrast to highlight one another’s positives and make the patterns standout.
4. Add an unexpected pop. Throwing in an unexpected complementary color here and there is a great way to make the patterns a bit more dramatic and noticed. The same goes for a striking pattern. A bold ikat paired with small florals and cut velvets can make a huge impact.
5. Don’t forget texture. Texture can be a pattern in itself. Thick knits, cut velvets, burlap all make great additions to otherwise flat patterns or solid fabrics.
6. Look at walls and floors. Adding pattern to walls in the form of wallpaper, or layering rugs can be an added bonus! Mixing patterns doesn’t apply to pillows and linens only. Dramatic accents are most often found with an accented wall or gorgeous floor covering.
7. Step back and find some balance. If you’re new to mixing prints, it helps to put together swatches or different items and then step back to look at it all in a “grouping.” You can practice with items from your closet draped out over a sofa, bed linens or swatches from your local fabric showroom. Sometimes things might not look so good up close, but once they’re dispersed throughout the room they really come to life (and vice versa). Practice makes perfect, so take your time in finding what makes your heart go pitter-patter– and then go wild!