Mixing patterns the smart way
Many people are afraid to combine patterns in their homes because they think it is ‚shady‘and that their homes may end up looking too busy. It is true that one should decorate their space to reflect their unique personality and passion, and mixing patterns could just be one way to do it.
Mixing patterns adds interest, colour and depth to a room. It involves putting together textiles of different patterns, colours and textures to create a layered but integrated look. The mixing is also determined by whether you like blending bright colours or keeping colour pallets limited, and play with variations on the few tones. Find what works for you keeping in mind that there are no hard rules in mixing patterns. The various patterns and colours you use do not need to ‘match’; they only need to ‘go together’.
These tips will hopefully, help you become a pattern mixing guru.
Odd numbers: Work with odd numbers of patterns as they tend to offer a better appeal. You could start with three then move to five when you are comfortable.
Simple/several colours: If you are new to mixing patterns, stick with a simple colour palette. Secondly, matching everything in the house is no longer trendy; a space that looks evolved and unexpected is more thrilling.
Scale: Use varying scales of pattern so that the prints do not compete with one another. For example, if you are using three, go for a large floral, a medium and a small one. When you have too many small patterns or too many large ones, they ‘kill’ your look.
Texture: Use texture to add more interest to a room, especially if you don’t want to mix too many colours and patterns. One of the easiest ways to mix textures in a room is to take it to the windows through the curtains.
Patterns: Use large patterns on large pieces and small ones on small pieces. Thus large patterns will suit walls, windows or carpets. Small patterns, on the other hand, will suit accent pieces like throw cushions. Be careful though when using small patterns as too much of it may end up looking too busy. If your space has several colours, use large patterns as your anchor. Ensure it is the biggest and incorporates all the colours in your colour scheme. You can then add a medium-sized pattern that has some of your colours and finally a small pattern that will use two or three of your colours.
Monochromatic room: If you have such a room, do not fret; you can still use patterns. For those with one colour in their space, play around with different shades of colour ensuring you vary the scale and types of pattern to create a cohesive look.
Balance: Patterns with similar styles should be grouped together ensuring they are equally balanced in scale throughout the space to offer a complete look. Set small patterns against large ones and include one solid such as a sofa or wall in the setting.
Consistency: Limit your palettes and stick with a consistent hue; ensure the colours on your patterns should be of consistent intensity.