PATTERN PLAY: 5 TIPS FOR MIXING AND MATCHING
- these are the 5 things we keep in mind when mixing and matching pattern -
1. DECIDE ON A FEELING
Before deciding anything, first ask yourself, “what makes you feel good?” Some people feel best in a calm, minimal space, others enjoy a maximal cozy space full of color. The answer to this question will help guide the rest of your decisions and give you focus, making the process easier! Take some time sifting through magazines and Pinterest to find spaces that you gravitate to. Then start trying to find any common denominators - are there any colors, patterns or motifs that keep showing up? Make note.
2. CREATE A UNIFIED COLOR PALETTE
Pick 3-6 colors you are drawn to making sure to include some neutrals. We usually have 3-4 dominant colors within a design scheme and let the rest be accent colors. Color is a great unifier and can make patterns that wouldn’t normally work together, work together. Focus on nailing down your colors before moving into pattern selection. As an example, here is the color palette we used for the bedroom in the photo above!
3. SCALE IT UP AND DOWN
Now that you’ve got your colors, you can start playing with pattern! The scale of pattern is often overlooked but is super important so make sure to get a variety of sizes! Refer to this post here for more information for selecting specific pillows.
4. REPEAT COLORS
Pick at least two pillows that share a single color. Feel free to repeat this more if you’d like! This is critical to creating that cohesive, put-together look, and like I mentioned before, can make patterns that don’t typically work together, work! Even if you can’t seem to find a single color tying two or more pillows together, find that color elsewhere in the room - maybe in the drapes, floral arrangement or rug. Color has a magical way of bringing it all together.
5. DON’T FORGET SOLIDS + SEMI-SOLIDS
With all this pattern love going on, its important not to forget about solids and semi-solids. The eye needs a place to rest and these guys allow for that. Layer pattern on solids/semi-solids to help create balance. Solids/semi-solids provide a great backdrop to showcase pattern.
When you approach mixing and matching pattern with these tips in mind, the end result will be a polished, visually appealing space that’s unequivocally yours.