Ever open a magazine (like ours!) and think, “How do they mix patterns so effortlessly?” Some people seem to have an innate talent for mixing and matching and others of us—well, let’s just say it can be an overwhelming proposition. The good news is that there are some foundational elements that make pattern mixing accessible for all of us. Keep our tips in mind, and you’ll be on your way to layering like a pro!
Looking through photos of Kristin Nicholas’ home, you can’t help but feel a sense of happiness wash over you. Kristin, the author of Crafting a Patterned Home: Printing, and Stitching Projects to Enliven Every Room, has captured how bold patterns, one-of-a-kind textiles and bright colors can liven up your home without overwhelming your space. Following her eight tips below, you too will soon be able to incorporate colors and designs you once thought could never make an appearance in your home.
Kristin: When I first began learning to decorate, I was a bit fearful of mixing patterns together. I had seen it done in interior design magazines, but when it came to doing it myself, I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. Then I did what I always do, I jumped in and gave it a try. And that is what you should do too. Here’s an easy way to begin: [Read more…] about Master the Art of Mix & Match with These 8 Tips
You've decided on a project, found a pattern and are ready for the most exciting step–selecting your fabrics! You dive into the Marketplace and find all the beautiful fabrics you could ever dream of! But you struggle with selecting a cohesive set of designs. Luckily–we've compiled a list of simple tips for mixing and matching patterns so you can create the most lovely project with expertly coordinating designs!
Select a cohesive color palette
Working with a color palette helps create consistency between your patterns and allows you to tell a story through your selection of colors. Perhaps you're working on a set of throw pillows to add the finishing touch to your new serene living room. You'll want to select a cool, calm color palette to reiterate the rest of your design choices and keep the theme cohesive. Exploring unusual color combinations allows you to add interest to a project through interjecting a pop of exciting pattern and color.
Play with simple + complex patterns
Pairing a simple design, like Reddies designed by Nicola Clare, with a more complex design, like Pretty Beetles – Peach designed by Imaginary Animals, is perfect for projects that require a focal print with supporting coordinates. Your focal print should have a more interesting and complex motif that draws more attention, while coordinating fabrics should support your main design.
Experiment with balancing light + dark designs
The contrast between a light design with a dark print can make for a really exciting pairing. Take these two prints, for instance! We love the contrast between these two designs and how well they compliment each other.
Create interest with varying the scale of designs
Combing patterns of varying scale is another easy way to pair patterns and create an interesting visual story with your project. Here we've paired a simple large scale design with a small ditzy print. We'd love to see a quilt featuring blocks using the large scale print with binding made from the smaller print!
Pair traditional prints with graphic prints
Pairing a traditional motif, like a floral, with a simple graphic design, like a polka dot, creates a nice balanced pattern palette. Pick two obviously different patterns to make your combination look intentional. We like seeing a busier traditional print that is bold complemented by a graphic print that complements your focal print without over powering.
We hope these tips and tricks and useful guidelines as you experiment with mixing and matching patterns. If all else fails, have fun with your design selection! Do you have any other go-to rules when choosing fabrics for a project? If so, please share in the comments below!