Mixing Patterns in a Room

Incorporating patterns in a design scheme is a great way to
add interest, color, personality and style to any space. Mixing different
patterns in the same room can be a little tricky, especially if you have no
idea how to use them together. However, with a few designer tips, you no longer
have to be intimidated by the idea of multiple patterns sharing the same space.

Finding Balance with Color
You can balance multiple patterns in a room through the use
of color. Look for patterns with the same color intensity, such as soft
neutrals, light pastels or bright and bold hues. Coordinated colors
create unity with mixed patterns, as you can see with the following monochromatic patterns:
The monochromatic patterns in the room above are paired with vivid pops of bright accent colors.

Analogous pattern colors create a warm, harmonious atmosphere in these rooms:

If you want
more contrast, choose patterns with complementary colors.

Contemporary Living Room design

The complementary blue and orange create a striking contrast. Another blue patterned pillow or throw would go great on the chaise lounge above.

Asian Living Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Jane Ellison

Use Animal Prints
Mother Nature has always been an excellent designer and is
the go to source for inspiration and ideas. Animal prints provide a great
variety of aesthetically pleasing patterns with striking contrast. The varying
shapes and colors also look great when mixed together.

Mixed Motifs

A mixture of pattern densities and varying designs will keep the look interesting. Stripes and plaids can be mixed with checkered, polka dots or floral prints. Classic prints such as damask, Fleur de Lis and toiles look beautiful in both traditional and modern settings. Eclectic rooms may include a mixture of geometric, paisleys and ethnic ikat prints.

Traditional Kids design by Austin Interior Designer Bravo Interior Design

Vary the Scale

Using the rule of three, you can coordinate different
patterns by varying the scale. Choose a large-scale pattern to cover a large
area such as a rug, sofa or wallpaper. Accessorize with medium scale patterns
and a few smaller patterns.


Contemporary Family Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Amoroso Design

Repeating Patterns

Repeating a pattern throughout the room in different colors
and sizes is another effective way to use pattern. This can sometimes trick the
eye, as the same design may appear to be different types of patterns. It’s also
a fun way to sprinkle your favorite design throughout the room.
Traditional Living Room design by Other Metro Photographer Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech

As you can see, there are many ways to mix patterns in a room.
The method you use to tie your patterns together will be a matter of personal
preference. Mixing patterns is a way to show both your personality and

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