When we’re looking for a little design inspiration, we like to keep our eye on the runway. No matter the designer or the season, you can bet some pattern mixing is happening. Nor surprisingly, what works on the runway also works at home. Mixing patterns is a way to add visual interest and depth to a design, but if you’re nervous about pairing plaids with florals, our designers have some tips for pattern mixing perfection.
Think multiple scales
When you’re mixing pattern in a space, you want to have a mix of large over scale patterns and smaller patterns. Too many small patterns and you’ll have eye fatigue. Too many large scale patterns and you’ll feel like you’re a character in Alice in Wonderland.
Don’t forget the negative space
When you’re mixing patterns, negative space will give you a visual breather.
Think complementary colors
A mix of patterns all in black and white could feel chic, as would patterns that have all greens or blues as the dominant color. Need some visuals? See below.
The Bedroom Pattern Mix
The 500-square foot San Francisco apartment of wallpaper company Hygge & West founder Christiana Coop is filled with pattern. An oversized floral painting, gold Diamante wallpaper and navy patterned bedding. The differing scale makes it all work. Via Lonny