Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mixing Patterns in a Room

Incorporating patterns in a design scheme is a great way to add interest, color, personality and style to any space. Mixing different patterns in the same room can be a little tricky, especially if you have no idea how to use them together. However, with a few designer tips, you no longer have to be intimidated by the idea of multiple patterns sharing the same space.

Finding Balance with Color

You can balance multiple patterns in a room through the use of color. Look for patterns with the same color intensity, such as soft neutrals, light pastels or bright and bold hues. Coordinated colors create unity with mixed patterns, as you can see with the following monochromatic patterns:


The monochromatic patterns in the room above are paired with vivid pops of bright accent colors.





Analogous pattern colors create a warm, harmonious atmosphere in these rooms:



If you want more contrast, choose patterns with complementary colors.
Contemporary Living Room design

The complementary blue and orange create a striking contrast. Another blue patterned pillow or throw would go great on the chaise lounge above.

Asian Living Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Jane Ellison



Use Animal Prints

Mother Nature has always been an excellent designer and is the go to source for inspiration and ideas. Animal prints provide a great variety of aesthetically pleasing patterns with striking contrast. The varying shapes and colors also look great when mixed together.



Mixed Motifs

A mixture of pattern densities and varying designs will keep the look interesting. Stripes and plaids can be mixed with checkered, polka dots or floral prints. Classic prints such as damask, Fleur de Lis and toiles look beautiful in both traditional and modern settings. Eclectic rooms may include a mixture of geometric, paisleys and ethnic ikat prints.



Traditional Kids design by Austin Interior Designer Bravo Interior Design


Vary the Scale


Using the rule of three, you can coordinate different patterns by varying the scale. Choose a large-scale pattern to cover a large area such as a rug, sofa or wallpaper. Accessorize with medium scale patterns and a few smaller patterns.
 
Contemporary Family Room design by San Francisco Interior Designer Amoroso Design


Repeating Patterns


Repeating a pattern throughout the room in different colors and sizes is another effective way to use pattern. This can sometimes trick the eye, as the same design may appear to be different types of patterns. It’s also a fun way to sprinkle your favorite design throughout the room.


Traditional Living Room design by Other Metro Photographer Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech


As you can see, there are many ways to mix patterns in a room. The method you use to tie your patterns together will be a matter of personal preference. Mixing patterns is a way to show both your personality and creativity.



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