MIXING IT UP FOR A SERIES STATEMENT

Mixing patterns is all the rage in the fashion and interior design worlds and for a good reason...to me there's no better way to make a statement and fill a space with vibrant energy than to be bold and mix it up with pattern and color. So just how do you do it without tipping into sensory overload? Here are some ideas on how to make this trend work while staying balanced. 

 

GO BIG AND BOLD


"Oversized prints and bold patterns make a serious statement."

- BRIDGET MALLON, ELLE DECOR


 
Miles Redd

Miles Redd

 
 

USE A LIMITED PALETTE


"One fail-proof way to make this work is to keep the palette simple. "If you're ready to go bold with pattern, start by sticking within the same color palette. A room can look tasteful without being overwhelming."

- Domino


 

BE A LITTLE FEARLESS


"Mix and match with panache. Don't be tentative with patterns. If you keep your color scheme restrained, you can approach patterns with wild abandon."

- Jonathan Adler


 
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BALANCE STATEMENT PIECES, WITH SUBTLER DETAILS


"There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to mixing patterns, but it does take a bit of trial and error. If you’re new at this, choose a limited palette (say, black and white) to give your matchmaking a common denominator....Or choose colors on the opposite side of the color wheel – warm oranges or yellows with cool blues or grays – and mix and match from there." 

- Kristin Hoenadel


 
 
 

USE WHITE TO BALANCE IT OUT


"Incorporate white to add negative space. White or other light neutrals allow the eye to take a breather from all that pattern goodness, and can add to the depth of a space. If you're not into white, allow areas of open-blocked color to give the eyes a rest. "

ANDIE POWERS, APARTMENT THERAPY


 
domino

domino

 
 

VARY THE SCALES


"Use bigger prints on areas you want to draw the eye, and smaller prints on areas you want to reduce in space."

- REBECCA ATWOOD, LONNY


vogue living

vogue living

 

TAKE A CHANCE


"Color outside the lines. Unexpected choices give a space spirit and edge. Be brave. Choose one or two statement making pieces, from dramatic wall coverings to a key piece of furniture, and then ground your space in quieter, more restrained details. Too many starlets in one room creates needless drama. Bigger voices call for nuanced, organic pieces to balance the overall aesthetic."

- Kelly Wearstler MY DOMAINE


 

MIX TEXTURES


"A clever juxtaposition of richly textured materials will add dimension. Intermix smooth leathers with heavier textured jacquards. Pay attention to the hand of materials. From rich woods to marble, an eclectic palette of fabrics, patterns, and organic pieces grants a space movement and depth."

- Kelly Wearstler,  MYDomaine.com


 
 
 

MAKE ONE OVERSIZE ART THE CENTERPIECE


Rebecca Atwood recommends making artwork the focus...

"Go big and colorful,"

she says. 


 
 
 

DON'T GET MATCHY, MATCHY


"I don't think I've ever put two, identical matching pillows together on a sofa or a bed, or together on any piece of furniture for that matter. I just think it's so much more interesting to mix your patterns well, playing off the colors and mismatched glory of it all."

- Victoria Smith, SFgirlbybay.com


 
 
 

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