Matchy-matchy patterns are out; mixing things up is in!
If you look at any magazines, blogs, or Pinterest boards, you’ll see that people are mixing patterns left-and-right, and the results are marvelous.
Mixing patterns can be fun, but if you’re one who finds the trend confusing or stressful, then have no fear because we’re here to break it down for you!
Step 1: Pick a Pattern.
This step is easy; simply pick a pattern that you like! If you need to consider other elements in a room, opt for a pattern that is in the same color family or theme.
For example, if you’re wanting to mix patterns in a light blue, coastal-inspired room with white furniture, pick a pattern that is in the blue family and/or has an ocean theme.
Step 2: Pick Another Pattern in a Similar Color But Different Scale.
Say, in the example above, you picked large white and blue chevron print pillows to put on your sofa and wanted to pick a second pillow print.
You might go with something like: a) a mid-sized white and blue sea shell print or b) a small-sized navy and white anchor print.
The key is choosing colors colors that “go” together and patterns that won’t compete against each other, such as two large prints side-by-side.
If you want a third or even a fourth pattern, just repeat Step 2.
Mixing patterns is as simple as that!
Here are some things to keep in mind as you mix patterns:
- Balance pattern usage in a room so your space doesn’t look lop-sided.
- Break up patterns with solid colors so that the eye isn’t overwhelmed.
- Avoid patterns on large-scale pieces of furniture; not only can this be overwhelming but more difficult to change out in the future.
- Instead, use patterns in smaller accent pieces like pillows, throw blankets, rugs, and curtains; accent chairs can also hold patterns.
We hope this blog post has been helpful when it comes to mixing patterns. Do you like the look of mixed patterns? Why or why not? We’d love to know your thoughts!