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3 Designer Secrets For Mixing Patterns

Mixing patterns can be intimidating. We see room after room on social media of professionally decorated rooms that have mastered the look of mixing patterns. These designers make it look easy, but don’t be fooled, hours of planning go into each of these rooms. Also, pattern mixing doesn’t just apply to pillows, patterns are on your furniture, walls, rugs, art, bedding, and pretty much everything you see in your home. We want to help you achieve this designer look on your own so we are sharing 3 designer secrets to help you mix patterns like a pro!

Interior Design Patterns
Source: Mindy Gayer

#1. Size Matters in Patterns

Large scale patterns play a major role in a room so stick with only one. Too many large scale patterns (like big florals, graphics, etc.) can complicate a room. To avoid this problem, use a few small and medium scale patterns (like polka dots, stripes, animal print, etc.) and only ONE large scale pattern to create a cohesive group that is interesting and flows well together.

Check out these large scale patterns:

And these medium scale patterns:

And, finally, these small scale patterns:

Interior Design Patterns
Source: Studio McGee

#2. Don’t Forget About Solids

Too much of one thing is never a good idea, especially patterns. The eye always needs a place to rest or else a space will become overly stimulating. Solution? Solids. Make sure to pay attention to the colors and textures of the solids to keep them interesting and cohesive with the patterns in the room.

Loving these solids:

#3. Mix Patterns, Not Styles

Keep the style of the patterns in harmony with the style of the overall room. For example, a modern/masculine style room wouldn’t mix well with florals, polka dots or toile because they will stick out like a sore thumb. Another example, a traditional style room wouldn’t mix well with ikat or chevron. HOWEVER, these are merely suggestions and sometimes stepping out the box and experimenting with unexpected patterns can work together if you pay attention to scale and colors. If you are hesitant about mixing patterns, stick with the same style and play it safe!

Check out these stunning patterns:

We hope you enjoyed our 3 designer secrets to mix patterns like a pro. REMEMBER: pay attention to size, incorporate solids and similar styles are visually friendly. If you still need help, our professional designers would love to makeover your home all online in 3-5 business days with a clickable shopping list that you can shop on your own at your own pace. HAPPY DECORATING!




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