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Patterns are a great way to add visual interest to any room. But what if you like more than one pattern? You don’t have to choose between that pretty paisley and the chic chevron, here are some tips on how to mix patterns without making your home look like a fabric store.
Organic and Geometric
According to Hey There Home, the best mixture of patterns is combining organic with geometric. They define organic as “anything inspired by nature” with “a lot of swirl and movement,” and geometric as having a set pattern. A good compliment for the geometric design of this chair is a floral such as this pillow.
One of the most important things to remember when mixing patters is to have a harmonious color scheme. Since the designs are different, you can achieve continuity my making sure the colors go together, or that there is at least one color in common. For instance this floral rug can be paired with this diamond pattern pillow because of the muted gold and gray colors running through both.
Although the colors should be similar, it is a good idea to vary the pattern size when mixing designs. If you have a large, bold pattern like this Manhatten chair, contrast it with a more subdued pattern like the small stripes in this green and white blanket. This distinction in size helps the patterns to complement each other rather than compete.