Mixing patterns in the same room can seem daunting, follow these tips and be amazed at how easy it really is!
Use Small + Large Scales
The first key to mixing patterns in your home is to consider scale. I like to start with 2-3 different patterns and make sure they are varying sizes. Reference the image above, for example, and notice how there are three distinct patterns present, each at a varying scale (small, medium, large). The reason mixing patterns with different scales works is because they tend to not compete with one another, but compliment instead.
Choose a Common Base Color
Just like scale affects if we see patterns as complimentary or clashing, so does the base color in the textile. Another rule of thumb would be to choose patterns that share the same exact color. This could mean both patterns are white-dominant, or maybe they each share the same saturated pink hue as shown in the image above. Variations in the shade of the color can get tricky, but this can work as well. I would shy away from combining off-white patterns with others that contain bright white, though; this may make your lovely ivory pillow look dirty in comparison to the true-white throw next to it!
Balance Out with Solids + Neutrals
If you couldn't already tell from my last blog post, 5 Ways To Add Interest To Your Home If You Love Neutrals, I'm obsessed with neutrals! Let your bold prints shine in your home by offsetting them with solid prints and neutral colors. The eye will automatically be drawn to the big patterns and immediately soothed by the solid pieces that surround it.
Don't Be Afraid to Experiment
Once you feel you have mastered the tips above, don't be afraid to try patterns with pieces and colors that don't exactly match! Sometimes the best spaces aren't perfectly matchy-matchy and feel as if the furnishings have been gathered over time. With that being said, the image above still follows the rules of varying pattern scale, similar base color and neutral tones; they just got creative with a bold wall tone and an unexpected pink accent color.