Mixing patterns is one of the biggest hangups people have when putting together a room. But it doesn’t need to be hard! So I developed a foolproof How To Mix Patterns Formula! Fabrics are meant to be layered and combined; but, doing it the wrong way will make it look like a hot mess. Follow my formula below and I promise your fabric patterns will look great! This is just another one of my Designer Secrets!
[bctt tweet=”Decorating doesn’t have to be hard! Follow my Designer Secrets to create a beautiful home!”]
How To Mix Patterns of Fabric:
1.) Vary the Size of the Print
First, you are going to want to pick out three fabrics (three seems to be the magic number) of fabric that have different sizes of patterns. Above and below, you can see what we have in our living room a large scale fabric (floral), the solid (coral), and the leopard (small to medium).
2.) Mix The Type of Pattern:
Second, you want to mix up the type of pattern to make it interesting. Personally, I think every room can use a touch of animal (I consider it a neutral) 😉 But, if leopard isn’t for you, throw in a geometric pattern. You can see in our family room, I use a solid with a Greek Key ribbon, a geometric pattern, and an accent large scale floral/ Dragon with the upholstered ottoman!
[bctt tweet=”As far as I am concerned leopard is a neutral! -Jenna Lyons”]
3.) Vary the Color
Third, you want to vary the colors used. It is too boring to use one color. Try to pick out three colors in each room. Above in our family room, you can see the three colors are blue, white, and a pop of red. In our living room, the colors are pink/ coral, black, and tan. This way the fabrics all “play nicely” with each other because there are common themes. But, it isn’t boring! A floral piece is always a great way to add some extra color as long as it picks up colors from the other pieces, and because there are so many colors in it, they almost always will!
In my daughter’s room, we used pink, white, and green (multi) as colors. You can see how we also used different sizes and patterns too!
So there you have it, my three part formula!
Like it? Please PIN the image below! Thank you! And if you liked this post, you will love Designer Secrets: The Number One Tip Everyone Should Know!