The mixing of patterns and prints is very important in interior design and decorating.
Patterns and prints add color, style, personality, and texture to any room design. They make a space look visually interesting, sophisticated, chic, stylish, and they offer a finishing touch to any interior space.
There are many pattern and print options to choose from when you are designing a room. Some examples include: stripes, geometrical prints, zigzags, check, floral, polka dot, paisley, toile, and plaid.
Here are some tips to follow when you are mixing patterns and prints in a room design:
- Select two to four different patterns that vary in size, proportion and scale when designing and decorating a room.
- Pick your favorite large pattern first. This pattern will anchor your color scheme and be the dominant textile in the room.
- Select small and medium patterns that complement the dominant pattern.
- Use the dominant pattern for the focal point of the room, such as wallpaper, curtains or bed coverings. If your dominant pattern is a large floral, the medium pattern could be a plaid or a geometric shape that has some of the same colors.
- Make sure the medium and small pattern colors complement those found in the dominant pattern.
- The medium patterns should be half the scale or size of the dominant pattern. Use these patterns for pillows, table covers, and bed ruffles.
- Use colors that are similar throughout all the patterns and prints for an organized appearance.
- Use coordinated colors (complementary colors) to ensure your patterns mix well together such as red and green.
- Avoid putting all patterned pieces together on one side of a room.
- Mix patterns properly with textures. Geometric and stripe patterns can be mixed with a floral patterns.
- Don’t place patterns of the same size and scale next to each other. Mix and match small and large patterns.
- Use solid colors to provide visual relief and to balance out the patterns in a room.
- Mix up your design style with a combination of different patterns such as floral, geometrics, and stripes to give your room visual impact and personality.
- Repeat in your textiles the textures, colors, and patterns found in the furniture of your room to create a visible sense of balance and harmony.
- Use small-scale patterns in a small room and large scale patterns in a large room.
- Choose horizontal or vertical stripes to visually add width or height to a room.
Mixing patterns and prints will give a room the wow factor. Follow the tips in this article and my previous textiles article to add eye-catching style and elegance to any room you are designing.
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