Prints, solids, stripes, where does one even begin? We understand that learning how to mix and match patterns can be intimidating, so how can you successfully achieve a great look for your space?
Well, after reading this blog you will learn how to use the perfect blend of colours and patterns to make a room pop without it being too harsh on the eye.
In order to figure out what kind of patterns and colours work for you, you must experiment. Start with a neutral base for your sofa or the biggest piece of furniture in the space. By having a neutral base, even one with texture, you will be able to build upon the pattern in other parts of the room. Cream, beige, and grey are perfect examples of neutral colours.
After choosing a neutral base, the next step is to focus on more vibrant colours. Choose a colour palette that incorporates some neutrals and bolder hues and stick to it.
Remember, bold colours make a room look more dramatic, while lighter colours give a room a softer feel.
Once you have your colour scheme figured out, it is safe to move onto fabrics with patterns. Patterns vary in scale and in colour, so it is safest to build upon one bold pattern – this pattern will be your largest and strongest. You will then chose a second pattern with a scale half the size of the first, and leave your third pattern to be something completely different.
This means each pattern gradually gets smaller, but not too small or it’ll be washed out. By choosing three patterns, you ensure that the look of the room isn’t overboard. A few examples of combinations are stripes with a floral pattern and solids with a geometric pattern.
Make sure your patterns complement one another. This means if one pattern is extremely bold, the other should be more simplistic. Use big patterns to contrast the neutral and solid areas in the room. For every pattern, there should be a solid to harmonize, highlight, and soften.
Last but not least, it is important to keep the function of the space in mind when decorating. The patterns in the room have the ability to evoke a certain atmosphere. Simple and soft patterns are great for a calm environment, while big bold patterns work best in a high-energy environment.
Don’t be afraid to take risks! Incorporate bold colours through artwork, drapes and pillows for a room that really stands out.
If you want to get more tips and tricks for designing you space, you may want to get our Design Starter Kit for Homeowners.