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The Power of Patterns, Mixing Prints for A Vibrant Interior


Photos Courtesy of Norwalk Furniture (which I now carry in the shop!)


The Power of Patterns: Mixing Prints for a Vibrant Interior is a favorite concept of mine that embraces different patterns in my designs to create a lively and visually stimulating space. Combining various prints, textures, and colors adds depth, personality, and a sense of playfulness to a room. I pattern mix in every room, no exceptions!


Here are some key aspects to consider when incorporating mixed prints into your designs.


Understanding Patterns: Familiarize yourself with all the patterns, such as stripes, florals, geometric designs, polka dots, animal prints, and abstract motifs. Each pattern has its own visual impact and can contribute to the space's overall aesthetic.


Color Coordination: Pay attention to the colors within the patterns you want to mix. Look for a standard color or complementary hues to establish a cohesive palette. This will help unify the diverse prints and prevent the space from appearing chaotic.


Scale and Proportion: Consider the scale and proportion of the patterns you plan on using. Incorporate a variety of sizes to create visual interest. Combine larger-scale patterns with smaller-scale ones for balance and to avoid overwhelming the space.





Contrasting Elements: Mixing patterns is all about contrast. Experiment with bold and subtle ways, busy and minimalistic designs, and high-contrast colors to achieve a visually dynamic and harmonious environment.


Cohesive Theme: A unifying element, such as a specific color scheme or pattern, will help tie the room together. Use the color wheel as a guide to help you build out your color story.


Layering and Texture: Combine different textures and prints to add depth and tactile interest. Layering materials like fabrics, rugs, wallpapers, and upholstery can enhance the overall visual appeal of the space.


Start Small: If you're new to mixing prints, start by incorporating them in smaller doses. Begin with accent pillows, throws, or rugs. Gradually introduce patterns in oversized furniture, curtains, or wallpapers as you become more comfortable.





Remember, the key to successful pattern mixing is finding the right balance and maintaining a sense of harmony. The ultimate goal is to trust your intuition and experiment until you achieve a combination that resonates with your personal style and preferences. But most importantly, have fun with it!


If you need help finding the right mix of patterns for your next project, let's chat, I'd love to help.





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