Do polka dots go with stripes?
Can a floral pattern be matched with another pattern?
Should you even be mixing patterns in the first place?
The answer to all those questions is, yes. Mixing patterns is a great way to incorporate a new color or texture in a room. If you’re thinking about redecorating, you should consider mixing patters to create a new look and feel in your space.
As an interior designer, I love patterns because of the systematic way they visually lure you into a space. Patterns exist in nearly every design element of your home, not just in fabrics or textures. Consider the patterns in your counter top, hardwood floors or tile. Sometimes the pattern is obvious and sometimes it’s the way the pieces are laid out that creates a pattern. You might not realize it, but your eye is used to seeing patterns and recognizing which ones go together.
Yet, when it comes to matching patterns in fabric, it’s easy to second-guess those instincts. Mixing patterns is easier than you think if you follow these ideas.
Find a common color. Typically, you can mix patterns if you have a common color to bring it all together. Determine your main color or your color theme, then use the colors to guide your pattern play.
Go bold. If you’re not afraid to make a bold statement, go Bohemian. Mix patterns like Ikat and Tribal to create a space full of vibrant colors and strong patterns.
Start with a neutral canvas. I love using a Moroccan theme in decorating because the distinct black and white patterns provide the perfect background for adding a mashup of bright vibrant colors like teal, pink and even yellow.
Mix old and new. If bright colors or bold patterns aren’t your style, you might consider decorating in a rustic modern style which allows you to mix different textures more than patterns. Consider the sleek lines of a smooth tile next to a rustic wooden table. They’re contrasting styles, but complimentary patterns that give you a chance to change the feel of your space. Here’s a great article on Designing a supportive space.
Like any decorating project, there should be an outcome you’re trying to accomplish and a feeling you want to create in your space. Your eye is already familiar with seeing pattern mash-ups through the day. Use those instincts to help redecorate a room in your home.
If you’re still not sure, I can help. Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and see if it’s the right time to work with an interior designer. Jump start your decorating projects by downloading these topics on how to Redecorate Your Home for a Fresh Look.