How to Mix Patterns in Home Décor

Have you ever felt a desire to do something wild and daring with your home but never had the chance? Have you spent countless hours looking at pictures of rooms with daring designs, furniture with unusual lines, patterns looking perfect against each other even though that never seemed possible? Combining different prints and patterns can make a room really come alive, but the question is — how not to make your room look like a circus in the end? Here is some basic information considering patterns mixing in your home:

Balance is the key

First of all, remember these magic numbers: 60-30-10. It is an approach to home decoration where you should first have 60 percent of your favorite pattern, 30 percent of another pattern, and 10 percent of a third one just to accent everything. Try three patterns in a range of scales and see how it works out, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Keep in mind that using the same colours with different patterns can help balance things out and make even disparate patterns seem well-placed and in harmony. Emphasis should be put on underplayed shared colours in the patterns.

Floral Pattern

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Size does matter

Remember this: large pieces go well with large patterns while small patterns are perfect for small pieces. When choosing the place for the patterns you decided to use, always have in mind the space in which it will be placed. A large pattern works best on a large item, such as a wall, window treatment or area rug, because the space is large enough to accommodate the pattern in its entirety.  A medium pattern is better suited to furniture and a small pattern to accent pieces.  (Note: Sometimes, small patterns can look busy when used is large amounts.)

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Toile + toile + stripes

Toile represents a scenic print filled with people and animals in action (seems a bit formal). It may seem too much even on its own, let alone adding something to it. However, if it’s carefully layered and has some stripes added to it, it can feel right. Try this: use one richly-coloured, large toile for the drapes and add some more only with less vivid backgrounds. Unbelievably, all this can be unified with some lovely, striped rugs and pillows in soft colours which will connect all.


Zigzag + Scroll + Geometric

Do not be afraid to fill the room with sharp, black-and-white patterns if you like it. Just make sure you also use softeners such as scroll pillows in soft tones, cocoa-coloured sofa, and emerald green plants. If you choose to put some crazy wallpapers on your walls, it might be a good idea to put in on one wall only, rather than all four. Also, it should be the wall in front of which comes the sofa and the armchairs. While you want to enjoy it when you walk in, it might be tiring to look at it all the time.


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If you like floral patterns, you might want to temper it with simple pillows: giant gingham pattern looks great. Plain white furniture makes floral print feel modern rather than boring and old.


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Using Interior Design Color Trends In Your Home

Interior design trends are a lot like fashion trends, they come and they go.  A number of interior design trends have potential to become classic styles; some trends will fade out as quickly as they got here. Trends are not created by waving a magic wand; they are the end result of a great deal of studying our environment including the influences that will impact our surroundings. These dynamic influences include social and economic issues, technology, lifestyles, entertainment, and most of all, the needs and desires of consumers.

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You want a design that displays your personal style without having to spend a fortune on trendy items that you may be a little uncertain about, but you do like the current trend for the time being. So what do you do? As a designer, I suggest you invest your money in classic styles and add small amounts of the trend throughout your space.

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A sure-fire way to add design trends to your home is through paint color or accessories. If you would like to add the current trend palette to your home decor, but you are not certain that you will adore it after a while, a quick solution to that design challenge is to disperse the color in small doses in effective ways that you will be happy with.

Toss in some accent pillows, vases or inexpensive window treatments. By creating layers of color in small quantities, you can achieve your desired look without making any major changes like purchasing a sofa or upholstering other large furniture items. Furniture trends are very iffy and costly. You must ask yourself a few questions like, does it fit your lifestyle and is it comfortable? The goal is to have the ease of changing out the trendy style when you’ve grown tired of it without draining your bank account.

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Whether it’s a pattern like animal print or the color of the year, you don’t want to use too much. These trends can be a lot of fun, but will eventually go out of style. When using trendy patterns, try to keep them out of custom window treatments because curtains are usually a large focal point and you will probably grow tired of them quickly. Unless they are inexpensive department store draperies and can be replaced with no doubts. Patterns are most effective when repeated once or twice in your design space.

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Creating a fabulous space in your home doesn’t have to be traumatic. Be bold and daring. Don’t be afraid to incorporate interior design trends in your living spaces. Invest in the classic styles and sprinkle in a little trend here and there. This will allow you to change-up your interior when the mood hits without any design regrets.