Mixing Patterns in your home…

I often get told I am so brave with the way I mix patterns and textiles in my home. Quite a funny statement to me as I always feel like I am choosing the safe option, and I never feel brave myself!

I also get asked it there is a method to mixing patterns. I’ve never really thought about it before, but I do have an instinct that seems to work, most of the time, I have had a few disasters. I sat down and tried to put words to the babble in my head when choosing fabrics, wallpapers and other textiles to layer in a room.

Here’s how I work –

1. Mix patterns of different sizes. It can look a little messy and overwhelming if you don’t balance out the scales of pattern. Choose 1 large pattern, 1 medium and 1 or 2 small patterns, and don’t forget to add some solid colour to let your eye rest.

Below is a picture of my living room. Just out of shot is my large 3 seater sofa, it is the largest piece in the room and it is plain linen, then my 2 rattan chairs are upholstered in a small herringbone print. My cushions are all medium size floral patterns and the throw is a large scale shibori pattern.

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2. Mix a floral with a graphic, with an animal print, with an ikat, etc…. I’m not a big fan of a room full of florals, it can look a little too granny, and a room full of graphics looks a little harsh for me. Mix them up!

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3. If your mixing patterns it’s important to keep your colour palette under control, that doesn’t mean you can’t mix colours. I just like to restrict it to no more than 3-4 colours. You should choose a primary colour that will pull the room together, an accent colour and 1-2 small pops of colour. If one of your patterns has multiple colours in it, pull the other colours from it, as I’ve done in the photo above and below.

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Alternatively you can choose 1 colour and really layer up the patterns, this always looks fabulous, especially with indigo/blue like the picture of my old bedroom below.

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Don’t be afraid to use this guideline for wallpaper and art too.

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But remember – Rules are meant to be broken, play around, and have fun. This is your home and should reflect your personality!

Hx

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