10 WAYS OF MATCHING AND MIXING WITH PATTERNS
Less is more they say, but sometimes you can feel a bit bored with an all too monotonous and discreet home. In that case – why not use patterns to add visual interest and create contrasts? However, mixing and matching patterns can often be a challenge, especially if you do not know how to combine with colors and patterns to make them complement each other. Therefor we here want to share some tips that can lead you on the right path.
1. DECIDE WHICH COLOR PALETTE THAT APPEALS TO YOU
One of the challenges of mixing and matching with patterns is deciding what will look good together and what will collide. Before you begin the process of selecting patterns, it may be easier to start by finding a color palette that appeals to you. Think about whether warmer or cooler colors will work best to your interior. There are warm and cold shades of all colors, so choose one or two main colors as well as one or two accent colors that can add character.
2. COMBINE WHITE WITH A COLORED PATTERN
One of the simplest ways to combine patterns is to choose a colored pattern combined with a white background. Whether you choose a monochrome palette in black and white or decide on a navy theme with navy blue and white – use your imagination when choosing a color palette! After this you can introduce patterns in the selected palette, such as striped, dotted, fishbone, daredevil prints or really any pattern. The trick is to find something that has a message without being superfluous to the eye.
3. LET NEUTRAL COLORS BE THE BASE WHEN YOU WANT PATTERNED FABRICS
There are some general guidelines you can think about when you are unsure of how to do when it comes to matching patterned fabrics. One recommendation is to start with neutral colors on walls and floors and then add a few layers of patterns for the rug or in a couple of the furniture. You can then continue with, for example, sofas, chairs and couches in neutral colors to neutralize the room. The selected patterns will work magically with the muted tones.
4.CONSIDER USING WALLPAPERS TO ADD PATTERNS
Using a patterned wallpaper seems like a growing trend that's here to stay. The use of a wallpaper is a simple way to showcase your affection for daring or subtle prints, without taking over the furnishings. If you choose a large-scale pattern, consider using it on a feature wall and a more small-scale pattern or monochrome on the other walls. It helps the room to feel balanced and comfortable to the eye.
5. USE A VARIATION OF SCALES WHEN MIXING AND MATCHING WITH PATTERNS
When choosing patterns for your interior, large-scale designs can blend in with more small-scale designs as long as the color palette is the same. Use a dominant pattern for art or curtains and then choose a more small-scale design for accent pillows and textiles. The more variety of scales in the designs, the more relaxed and welcoming the room will feel.
6. DARE TO GO FOR BOLD COLORS AND PATTERNS
The great thing about choosing patterns to mix and match with is the range of all the bold colors you can choose from. For example, gemstones in burgundy, garnet red and blue aquamarine can look fantastic together with zebra stripes. Use prints that have a monochrome design and don't visually compete with the bold colors around it.
7. FIND A PATTERN YOU LOVE AND IMITATE IT IN YOUR INTERIOR
If you think floral patterns are appealing, why not mix that pattern with a decorative fabric? The bedroom is a good room to test this in. Bedding, accent pillows, curtains and lampshades can all borrow different scales and versions of the pattern in question. Introduce discrete colors for the sheets and coordinate with accent pillows and a rug to balance.
8. TONED COLORS HELPS THE PATTERN TO NEUTRALIZE THE ROOM
In recent years, tinted colors or the ability to choose varying shades of the same color, have made home decor much easier. For example, by using varying shades of chocolate brown, gray, white and gray beige, you can easily mix and match patterns as the result is a mixture of different impressions. Make sure to choose one or two decorative objects with patterns that give a strong impression, and then tone down the other interior with tighter and smaller patterns.
9. FIND INSPIRATION IN THE DETAILS
For many, the idea of choosing wallpapers, curtains, fabrics and other decorative elements can cause more confusion about what you want in your interior. One way to come to a decision can then be to find a work of art that you love, or a chaise in a fantastic color and then, seek inspiration in it. Look for patterns and prints that embody your room's main object, or that complement it in color and style. This can help you to not to feel overwhelmed by all the choices.
10. CHOOSE PATTERNS AND PRINT FROM YOUR LATEST TRAVEL
Visiting other countries and traveling around the world can result in a fantastic collection of textiles. Use these patterns and prints to mix and match them with the colors in your home and bring new life to the rooms. You will be surprised how just a few native fabrics from your latest destination can create the interior you love.
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