7 Tips to Mixing and Matching Patterns to Elevate Your Space

by | Sep 28, 2023

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When it comes to creating a stunning cohesive space, one of the most exciting and creative aspects is mixing and matching patterns. It’s a bit like painting a canvas, where each pattern and texture becomes a brushstroke on the palette of your living space. This is a great way to showcase your personality in your home to make it truly yours. Let’s dive into the world of mixing and matching patterns to create a unique and visually stimulating environment.

 

Start with a Neutral Base

NEUTRAL BASE

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Before you begin playing with patterns and colours, it’s essential to establish a neutral base. This often includes your walls, furniture, and larger pieces in your space. Think of it as the canvas on which your patterns will shine. Neutral colours like whites, greys, and beiges provide a calming backdrop, allowing the patterns to shine without overwhelming the senses.

 

Choose a Dominant Pattern

Choose a Dominant Pattern

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When you begin it’s important to establish one dominant pattern in your space. This pattern will set the tone for the entire room and serve as the anchor for your design. It could be a bold floral print on a sofa, a geometric wallpaper, or a vibrant area rug. Whatever you choose, ensure it’s something you love and that represents your design vision.

 

Scale and Balance

Scale and Balance

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Scale plays a crucial role in mixing patterns successfully. Vary the scale of patterns to create visual interest. If your dominant pattern is large and bold, complement it with smaller, more delicate patterns. Conversely, if your dominant pattern is intricate and small, balance it with larger, simpler patterns. This interplay of scale keeps the eye engaged and prevents monotony.

 

Colour Cohesion

Colour Cohesion

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To create a harmonious blend of patterns, consider a cohesive colour palette. You can pull colours from your dominant pattern and use them in the secondary patterns. This helps tie everything together and gives the patterns intention. For instance, if your dominant pattern features shades of blue, incorporate those blues into your secondary patterns through pillows, curtains, or accessories.

 

Mixing Textures

Mixing Textures

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Patterns are not limited to prints on fabric or wallpaper. Incorporating different textures can also add depth and interest to your design. Try mixing smooth and rough textures together such as a glass coffee table and a woven rug. Texture adds a tactile element to your space and elevates the sensory experience.

 

Don’t Overdo It

Don't Overdo It

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While mixing patterns can be fun, it’s important not to overdo it. A room with too many patterns can feel chaotic and overwhelming. As a rule of thumb, aim for a mix of three to four patterns in a room. This allows for variety without crossing into visual clutter and leaving no room for your eyes to rest.

 

Personalize Your Space

Personalize Your Space

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Ultimately, your home should tell your story and reflect your design tastes. Mixing and matching patterns is just one way to add personality to your living space. Don’t be afraid to go bold and try experimenting with patterns, textures and colours that you feel resonate with your unique style.

Mixing and matching patterns is a journey of self-expression. By starting with a neutral base, choosing a dominant pattern, playing with scale, maintaining colour cohesion, and mixing textures, you can create a space that is visually stunning and deeply personal. We believe that your home should be a reflection of you, and pattern mixing is just one of the many ways to achieve that.

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