Tip #1: Good Things Come in Threes:
||Q. How do I stylishly mix patterns in my décor?
Mixing patterns in design can feel overwhelming to the beginner, but when done correctly--incorporating an array of patterns in various scales, hues, and textures--it adds depth and character to any room. To avoid a jumbled mash-up of colors and designs, stick to three basic rules to mix and match like a pro.
Everything looks better in threes, especially in design. Either when choosing groups of accessories or the number of patterns to incorporate into a room's styling, odd numbers are usually more appealing to the eye than even numbers.
Tip #2: Vary the Size of Your Prints:
I find it best to pick three different patterns, in varying scales, some large
, some smaller
, in complimentary colors. Adding a solid or textured fabric into the mix will really bring everything together. When choosing the solid fabric
, pick a color you really love from one pattern and make it the emphasis. This will help the entire look to be more cohesive.
Tip #3: Bring in Complementary Accessories:
Once you've selected the patterns and palette that work in your space, bring in some decorative accessories that incorporate the fabric colors you've selected. Whether through flowers
, or stacked decorative boxes
, mirroring the same colors in other areas will help the variety of fabrics and patterns look more unified and well-thought-out.
Have you successfully incorporated multiple patterns in your home? What are your tried and true tricks?
Photograph: Justin Coit