Tips to Help You Mix Patterns in Interior Design Like a Pro
Posted by Sarah Allen on March 23, 2020
You don’t have to be an interior designer to mix patterns like a professional
Playing with patterns to accentuate your living situation with little space can be a pleasant way to add layers of sophistication to your home. But finding out what works, what conflicts, and what comprehensions can drive a person crazy.
When mixing patterns in interior design, you have a main pattern, a secondary pattern and maybe even a third or a fourth. Choosing what works for each person takes a little bit of skill and requires different considerations. Here’s what you need to know about doing it right.
Your key pattern will anchor the space and is the pattern that will be focused on. This pattern occupies the room, so carefully pick it out. Be sure that the main pattern does not overload just one portion of your room. Your principal pattern will be distributed all over and describe your small living room.
Your secondary pattern will accentuate and complement the main pattern, while providing contrast as well. While the colour pattern should be in the same family, the secondary pattern should be smaller in scale. If your main pattern has large bold lines, consider one with a smaller floral design.
Within your room you can add as many patterns as you want. You may use 3, 4, 5 or even more. The world is your oyster. Additional patterns should always be similar to either the main pattern or the secondary pattern, and are a great way to add a punch to a piece of furniture like an armchair or a sofa. This ensures cohesiveness with all of your patterns.
It's important to be able to envision your patterns together when deciding what patterns to mix and match in your house design. If you are sourcing them from different stores or different websites, this can be difficult. Using a mood board builds your look like a professional. A mood board is a system of images projecting a style or idea, Pinterest is a great website to help create one. You can see your patterns side by side and decide what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun.