Why It Works: 5 Rooms That Master Pattern-Mixing on a Huge Scale

Why It Works: 5 Rooms That Master Pattern-Mixing on a Huge Scale

Taryn Williford
Feb 20, 2014
(Image credit: Lonny)

Mixing patterns is a great way to add instant personality to a space. A mix of throw pillows, for instance, lends itself well to styling a basic sofa. But if you want to elevate the look, use patterns on a bigger scale: all over ceilings, floors and walls. It sounds scary, but there is a secret to doing it successfully...

These five rooms have mastered the look, and we've broken down how and why they work so well. (Hint: It's all about color.)

Pick up some wallpaper, fabric, paint, or a floor rug and look to these rooms for clues on how to expertly layer patterns.

1. The Living Room above from Lonny Magazine (via Babble)
Why it works: The almost-mirrored patterns are in complementary colors, and everything else is in neutral white.

(Image credit: Lonny)

2. This Bedroom from Lonny
Why it works: The ceiling, wall and fabrics stay in the same color family and use the same neutral: white.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

3. This Bathroom on Design Sponge
Why it works: One visually "solid" tile pattern that pulls out one color from a more playful wallpaper.

(Image credit: Furbish Studio)

4. This Living Room by Furbish Studio
Why it works: A good variety of "big" and "small" patterns.

(Image credit: House to Home)

5. This Nursery from House to Home
Why it works: Everything's in neutral black-and-white, expect that pop of complimentary yellow. The solid black wall helps to anchor the room.

And, remember, the bottom line is this: If you absolutely love it, it will "work." Always.

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