Mixing patterns is fun. I know I have a very neutral home with very few patterns, but there was a time when I disliked white and didn’t even like solid colors. I wanted bold colors and loads of patterns in my home.
Be sure to catch the discussion on the podcast episode below.
I am featuring one of my blogger friends today so you can see patterns mixed in a beautiful and bold way. These gorgeous photos are from Jennifer’s blog DIMPLES AND TANGLES.
You can see that Jennifer loves patterns, but she went neutral on her big ticket items such as the sofas. Very wise woman!
Still the room has plenty of pattern, so you barely notice that the sofas are neutral. I see at least 6 patterns in the room. Today’s way of mixing patterns is more bold than the way it used to be done. I am not sure of Jennifer’s exact approach, but what you could do is select your bold multi-color pattern first. That would be the floral pillows for this room. Then she added two (2-color) prints – the check and the curtains. She went with her signature green for the tone-on-tone ottomans. It’s all topped off with leopard print pillows and the hide rug. It looks like the main colors are blue, green and black, so there aren’t a lot of different colors in here, just a few.
The colors are all different but they are all of a similar color intensity. The pattern sizes are different. The floral pillows repeat the tan of the sofas. Very nice!
For the dining room, I love how she has layered the rugs again. There are fewer colors in this room, but it’s still very lively. Note the pattern on the chairs is much smaller in scale than the pattern on the curtains. I also want you to note that the seats are a different fabric from what was used on the back of the chairs.
Once again we see Jennifer’s signature green on the headboard below. She’s added the blue and white curtains, green and white pillows, red pillows the green tone-on-tone ottomans, and a trellis green and white pillow. See that that the pattern scale is different on each item. There are 3 main colors in the room. Although there is more than one color in here, the color palette is limited.
Next Jennifer added a pattern to the wall. Great idea! So you have a large pattern on the wall, a medium size pattern in the curtains and on the red pillow. the bed skirt has a smaller print. The colors in the bedroom are limited to black, yellow, red and yellow.
There is a tension in the patterns like Yvonne mentioned that adds excitement to the room. Jennifer really does an amazing job of finding patterns that just work together. You can find her blog DIMPLES AND TANGLES HERE.
Be sure to check out our Pinterest board with much more on mixing patterns.