Mixing Patterns: 2 Simple Formulas to Get it Right

Mixing Patterns: 2 Simple Formulas to Get it Right

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Eleanor Büsing
Mar 22, 2015
(Image credit: Stacy of Leif Blog)

Much is made of mixing patterns, and all the factors to keep in mind when doing so. Between color, scale, design and texture, it can seem too intimidating to even bother. But you know what? It's really not rocket science, and anyone can do it. Read on for two simple ways to get pattern mixing right.

Keep the Colors Consistent

One of the easiest ways to play with pattern is to keep the color palette controlled. Playing around with design and scale is easy when the hues match closely. This look is especially suited for anyone a little pattern-shy, as it can be done with as few as two shades. Add in a third and the world (of pattern) is your oyster.

Variations on a Theme

Another trick is to keep the patterns thematically linked: say, a sofa full of geometric cushions or a floral headboard against a leaf-patterned wallpaper. Our brains naturally try to connect the dots when we look at a grouping of patterns or images, and this method of matching makes it super-easy to see why they work.

Do you mix patterns at home? Do you follow a formula or just use your gut?

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