Adding Color: Pattern on Pattern

Adding Color: Pattern on Pattern

Adrienne Breaux
Oct 8, 2012

Think your space is bold because you've got intense red walls or a bright orange couch? Close, but no cigar. To really push the limits of boldness in your interior spaces, it's time to experiment with colorful pattern on crazy pattern. And we've got a set of photos that will have you wishing you were mixing prints right this minute.

We could try and give you some tips on how to implement pattern on pattern, but the truth is it's a dicey, feel-it-out-on-your-own sort of thing that just has to be tackled to be successful. Go with your gut when facing two (or three) patterns that you think should go together. They could have a common element and you could have a reason why you think they'll go together, but you also don't have to. It's your house and if you think two things go together, they do! Proof that plenty of folks delve into the world of pattern on pattern with brave hearts:

1. Florals, polka dots and animal prints from Lonny Mag
2. Earthy and global from Design*Sponge
3. Busy and bold from Style at Home (photo by Virginia Macdonald)
4. Comfy and cozy from Style at Home
5. Textured and beachy from Lonny Mag

6. Colorful and controlled from Lonny Mag
7. Woodsy and bold in Sarah & Chad's Long Distance School of Style
8. Red, paisley and traditional from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles via House of Turquoise
9. Colorful and bright, from Interior Design Consultant Tamar Schechner via Houzz
10. Red, white and blue from California Home & Design

(Images: As credited above)

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