Often people are scared of mixing pattern as they are scared their rooms will end up looking like a jumble sale….well, it can do when it is done badly, but once you have started to follow the few rules below, you will have no fear. Pattern is a great way of adding zing and pulling all the various elements you have together in a room. It is also a great way of connecting styles and bringing different colours together you may have in a scheme.
1.Patterns need to be consistent with each other visually, but create an atmosphere. For example, a tribal pattern would bring together an exotic African earthy style, or a Floral design may bring together all the pretty colours you have in your cottage.
2. When mixing start by using colours in common. For instance if you have corals and blues in your pallette, then work with the same colours.
Here you can see the have pulled the emerald green and white out of the floral and used in a geometric/animal print. The blue velvet is also in the floral fabric and it has been used to coordinate in a velvet blue.
3. Next mix a large scale pattern with a small. Eg. a large floral pattern will balance a small one when the colours are in common and vice versa. This is exactly what they have done at Burlap and Lace. Visit this page as she has done a really good blog on pattern mixing!
4. Then, add in geometrics such as plaids, checks, diamonds and stripes. They will all easily coordinate with a pattern if it is in a different scale and have similar colours. Geometrics are huge in interiors at the moment, so use them to update your scheme.
Here you can see that Tara Bussema has used a central patterned cushion on the sofa to pull all the different blues and greens together. Then she has used a chevron stripe (throw over back of the sofa) & a geometric (Green and white) along with a zebra print to bring in the wicker chairs and other touches of black in in the room. Looks Fantastic and is a fresh and great example of pattern being used to bring it all together. Now what is scary about that?