Experts share their tips on how to mix and match patterns
For some, mixing patterns is effortless. Stripes, florals and polka dots somehow easily combine into a stylish interior infused with personality.
But for others, things can go frighteningly wrong. Clashing colours and jarring patterns create visual chaos from which you may want to run and hide.
However, with these tips and tricks you won't have to doubt your mixing skills any longer.
PATTERN MAKES PERFECT
Patterns add personality and interest to any space, says Hawke's Bay interior designer Jodie Robertson.
"They can enhance a small space by bringing the focus through to a feature wall, or attract your eye to an occasional chair. They create a talking point."
They also have the ability to change a room. A patterned wall in a small area can expand a space, stripes can change its shape, and florals add a soft touch.
They can distract you from imperfections or focus your gaze, so that you don't feel lost in a sea of white. But where do you start?
COORDINATE WITH COLOUR
Colour is a key to cohesiveness. Bibby and Brady interior designer and blogger Victoria Bibby says to first pick a colour palette.
Three is a good number of colours to have in your palette, but you can include deeper and lighter tones of those colours and throw in some neutrals.
"Start by choosing your boldest pattern that features all of the colours in your palette and use this as your anchor. Then add a couple of other patterns that feature one or two of the colours," Victoria says.
If going all out in one room is a little daunting, incorporate patterns into removable items.
Jodie Robertson suggests items such as cushions, throws and artwork.
"These can be updated easily and are more cost-effective than replacing curtains, which I like to keep neutral," she says.
The more patterns you mix into a space, the more you need to consider visual relief. Counter bold patterns with solid colour or neutrals.
"It helps to soften and ground the look," Victoria Bibby says.
Using odd numbers of varying sized patterns will help blend them together.
"When you start experimenting with mixing patterns, try three different patterns in three different scales," Victoria suggests. "For example, a large floral or organic pattern with a medium-size geometric and a tiny classic pattern like polka dots or gingham."
Also try to vary the texture of the fabrics you choose. Using too much of one material can make a room feel flat.
"Patterns are of as much importance as textures, as they complement and enhance one another," Jodie Robertson says.
- NZ House & Garden