I was asked recently if you can mix patterns in one space. The short and easy answer is YES! I know it can be intimidating to start mixing if you have shied away from it before but it really is a fantastic way to liven things up in your spaces. Here are 3 simple tips (+ examples) to start mixing it up and keep it looking fab!
1. Make sure there is at least one color that ties together your patterns. I’ve got tons of patterns but they all have at least one color that connects to something else in the room. An anchor piece will help you with this!
Our bedroom, see how much I have going on in here! I have a boldly patterned suzani (read all about it here!) And a boldly patterned wall along with some pops of colorful solid pillows and a few with pattern. The wall ties in to the greens in the blanket, the medium size pattern pillows work because they have predominantly black backgrounds with one having pinks and oranges (similar to the suzani). The small pillow in the front is a beaded pattern and works because it’s got the white which ties into the suzani.
2. It doesn’t have to be only ONE color! In my family room I have the boldly patterned rug but I have patterned pillows with lots of blue, patterned pillows with pinks and patterned pillows with mostly yellow. They all work in here because they all have a color that connects to the rug.
You can see the pillows in here are varied with a few similarities….Blues and pinks in varying shades hold it all together, patterned pillows on both sofas have blues, pinks and yellows which connect them with the rug.
3. If your space is mostly neutrals you are in a particularly sweet spot as neutrals blend incredibly well together! For example, if you have mostly grays use varying shades of gray. You can also add in some cream or whites to keep things interesting but neutral.
While I don’t have a neutral space to show this as an example I wanted to show how this chair, which has quite a pattern itself works in here. It works because it’s white! I can put this chair literally anywhere and match it with anything and it would work because it is a neutral in itself. There is a teensy tiny bit of white in the rug (see in the border) which helps pull it in although I would have used it in here without those dabs of white.
**My best tip if you are new at mixing patterns is to start small, go with a couple of pillows and see how you like it. Or if you bring in a big ticket item like a piece of furniture or rug think backup plan, where can I put the chair if I hate it in here? It will help you to go for it if you feel like you have another option to use it. I do this if I am really in love with something but not 100% sure it will work where I want to use it. For example, if I buy this rug and hate it in the dining room could I use it in the bedroom etc. It helps get over that uncertainty either way. If the answer is no move it right along to something else, if the answer is yes you might surprise yourself and LOVE it!
Are you a pattern mixer? What are your fave ways to incorporate interest in your spaces?! I always love to hear from ya!
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