I thought it would be fun to talk a bit about mixing patterns! Especially as I just shared this shot of our family room after a little rug swap-a-roo and as you can see it’s not short on it.
It’s got a ton of pattern and not a lot of color which is my usual go-to for a cohesive design. So let’s talk about why this works.
It does have a color in common, black. But it also works because there is more white space in the top layered rug which breaks up the intense pattern of the larger rug underneath, while connecting with the pattern in the sofa. I also kept the pillows very simple by using solid colors and instead focused on texture for interest.
You still get that bold look without it being all about the color. The patterns are taking center stage,
Here I have lots of pattern in the wallpaper, the pillows and the rug. And instead of the patterns I’m using the colors as the statement while the patterns are secondary.
Tons of color and tons of pattern!
This is all about the colors bringing it together. The blue in the rug ties into the blue on the ceiling which is in the upper right corner of the mural. The patterns are mostly organic shapes (nature inspired) which helps with the overall cohesive feel.
In this space I have pattern in the rug, pillows, side table and pouf.
See more of this space here!
Note the diamonds in the rug line up with the diamonds in the front pillow as well as the diamond pattern in the stool. The bright pink, orange and green/blue colors in the pouf pick up on the same colors in the rug and tie into the pillows on the sofa.
Here are a few tips for a cohesive look using patterns:
1. Have at least one color in common,
2. Make sure there is a resting space (even if it’s a small space) for the eye
3. Opposites attract. The larger rug I have layered (in the above pic) underneath is a more modern grid pattern while the top rug is a more simple design. The hint of busy underneath the simpler design gives a great balance.
4. If using opposite patterns seems scary, go for similar patterns! As in the last pic, I carried the diamond shape all the way around.
Patterns are such a fun and easy way to add interest to a space. You can go big (as in the first pic) or you can go more minimally (as in this last pic). It’s the touches and details that give you a well rounded design.
Are you a pattern lover? What’s your favorite way to use patterns in your spaces? I always love to hear from you so hit me up in the comments!
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