Mixing Patterns: How to Use This Fashion-Forward Trend


Mixing different kinds of patterns together in one space used to be considered a faux pas. Typically, people chose one pattern and used that in different areas of their room, much like an accent color. These days though, pattern mixing is totally having a moment! When you mix the right patterns together, you end up with a gorgeous, rich design that looks like it came straight out of the pages of a magazine. Learning how to mix patterns in a way that looks chic instead of messy can be really tricky. As the best interior design company at the Lake of the Ozarks, John Elliott Interiors is here to help! Keep reading to learn our special tips to finding patterns that go well together.

Choose One Anchoring Pattern

When considering patterns that might look good together in one space, it's important to think about how they will interact with one another. You can't just pick two patterns you like on opposite ends of a store and think they'll look good together because you like them both. Patterns that are going to exist in the space space together should never feel like they are competing. If you are using 2, 3, or even 4 patterns all together, it's important to make sure one of them has a grounding, anchoring presence in the room. The secondary patterns should all support or complement the main one in style, theme, and color. 

Play with Size

Size can make a huge difference in whether or not two patterns look good together. Try pairing a large pattern with a small one for an effect that gives both structure and detail. This gives your room a pulled together look that keeps the eye interested. If you choose two large patterns, it may look like they are competing and the space might not flow very well. On the other hand, if you choose two intricate patterns, your space may look cluttered and confusing. 

Don't Forget Texture

When you're thinking of patterns, it may be natural to only think about patterns that are physically printed in different shapes and colors on whatever surface you're designing with. However, another important "pattern" is texture. Something with a hand-woven material is going to have its own pattern to lend to the scheme of your design. So be sure to look at three dimensional images of your design choices rather than just pattern prints. Even better, try to physically touch and experience the feel of the product before you include it in your overall design. It could make a huge difference in how your different patterns look together! 

Keep Culture & Theme in Mind

When looking through patterns to find the right mix, it's a good idea to choose an overall theme or cultural influence first. For example, Persian design and geometric patterns have very different aesthetics that may not go well together. Starting with one theme and choosing variations from there is a great place to start. 

Look for Inspiration

If you still aren't sure what kinds of patterns look good together, look around! Flip through home design magazines, look out in nature at patterns that naturally occur together, or chat with a professional interior designer at John Elliott Interiors. In fact, you can come into our high-end home décor store in Lake Ozark for great inspiration, fine art, furniture, and more. We can't wait to help you create the space of your dreams.

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