Design Lessons: Master Color & Pattern Mixing with the Buddy System

Design Lessons: Master Color & Pattern Mixing with the Buddy System

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Eleanor Büsing
Mar 24, 2015
(Image credit: Scandinavian Chic)

I recently wrote about mixing patterns in the home, and shared two simple tips for getting it right. However there's a third tip I didn't share, one that makes mixing colors and patterns a snap. I call it the Buddy System.

Simply put, the Buddy System means that when mixing multiple textiles, make sure every fabric has a buddy, in color or pattern (and ideally both). The process works particularly well for bedding, scatter cushions on a sofa, or anywhere you might want to mix many textiles.

I think this bedroom from Scandinavian Chic perfectly illustrated this method— shall we take a closer look?

There you have it: a simple way to get colors and patterns, no matter how numerous, to play nice with each other.

Do you use the Buddy System, either consciously or subconsciously, when mixing colors and patterns?

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