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The 1,2,3’s of Pattern Mixing

Swiss dots, boho florals, Japanese paperweave, traditional plaid and paisley—pattern brings eclectic energy to design. From subtle natural marble veins and soft organic wood grain, to bold botanical textiles and standout geometric wall coverings, you can harness unmatched design power using patterns. Use this unique design tool to sharply influence the overall style and vibe of a space. Design aesthetics (minimalist, maximalist, abstract, art deco, etc) all rely on patterns to tell their story. Layering a mix of patterns into a design can create even more visual excitement!

There really are no rules when it comes to mixing patterns, but here are a few tips to help you mix like a pro:

Coordinate Colors 
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  1. Coordinate Colors

Keep your pattern mixing in check by coordinating a color palette. Make selections according to your color preferences and overall style goals. If you’re aiming to create a high-energy space, consider mixing patterns with complementary colors (opposite each other on the color wheel). For a simple relaxed look, stick to a more monochromatic (similar) color scheme when selecting patterns. Color choices have a big impact on the way a room feels, so deciding if you’re aiming for calm and quiet, vibrant and loud, or maybe somewhere in between is a great first step.

Size It Up 
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  1. Size It Up

Pattern mixing unfortunately falls flat when all of the elements within the pattern design are similar in size. Varying pattern sizes makes the design more interesting, and more exciting to the eye. High impact pattern combos include pairing slender long pin stripes with big bold florals, thick buffalo check with tight natural woodgrain, and large modern shapes with a light linen look.

Blend and Balance 
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  1. Blend and Balance

Your favorite pattern should definitely be your anchor pattern in a room. Spotlight this pattern as upholstery on furniture, a wall covering, or maybe a floor rug. Basically go big with the pattern you like the best! From there, carefully distribute pattern weight throughout the space. Make sure bold patterns are more sprinkled than clustered, using subtle patterns to create buffer zones in between, bringing about a balanced, blended look.

Become a pattern mixing pro
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