Tips for Mixing Patterns in your Home
Patterns are tricky for novice decorators. If you’ve ever walked into a room with a half dozen patterns strewn across the couch, chairs and walls, you understand what not to do as an interior designer. When patterns flow with each other, they create a depth and story to a space. Overusing patterns actually creates stress to the eyes and mind. Use these tips for mixing patterns effectively and creating an unforgettable decor.
No More Than Three Patterns in a Room
This decorator has the right idea with three obvious patterns accenting the couch. Most of the other dominant features in the room, including the couch and surrounding cushions, have solid colors. By limiting yourself to three patterns, each design becomes a unique focal point. Overwhelming the space with too many patterns just makes the view difficult to decipher. Try any three combinations, such as stripes, florals and zigzags, to spruce up the living room.
Don’t Hypnotize Visitors with Same-Size Patterns
via House of Fifty
The eyes are very sensitive to intricate patterns so use them sparingly. It’s true this image breaks the rule of three patterns in a space, but they do size the designs properly. The blue geometric shape on the far left pillow is about double the size of the patterns on the two centerpiece pillows. Keep the pattern sizes different for the best decor.
Add One Solid to the Mix
via Smart Girl Style
There’s a lot going on in this picture with the rug and two chairs displaying wild patterns. However, the decorator saved the room from becoming an optical illusion by adding the solid grey couch. This simple color meshes all the patterns together in a cohesive unit to unify the entire room in color. You can also try an ottoman, chair or rug to pull the concept together instead of the couch.
Main Pattern Shares All Colors in Room
Look at how all these throw pillows have something in common: their color choices. Although pattern differences are critical, you also need to unify them too with color. These greens, greys, blacks and other tones are all supported between the pillows and couch. Although it can be difficult to match some color palettes, it really makes a difference to the eye. Even the curtains and artwork feed into the couch design, allowing the entire room to flow with unity.
When you fall in love with more than three patterns, try to divide out your selections between rooms. You can have all the patterns you like, just not in one room. Look at the home with a neutral eye to determine what needs to go. You may want to reserve that zigzag pattern for another day and time.
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