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.
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:
Analogous pattern colors create a warm, harmonious atmosphere in these rooms:
If you want
more contrast, choose patterns with complementary colors.
The complementary blue and orange create a striking contrast. Another blue patterned pillow or throw would go great on the chaise lounge above.
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.
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.
Vary the Scale
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.
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.
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