Mixing prints and colors is easier than it looks, and doing so makes a room look exciting and fresh. Here are three tips from experienced designer Barbara Karpf:
Color-blocking is back as a trend in both fashion and interior decor, and it’s easy to pull it off if you follow two rules. First, build a room of color around one pattern. Here solid blocks of red, green, yellow, and pink are drawn from the nightstand’s table cloth pattern. Second, add monochromatic elements to the room. The red lampshades pictured below match the wall color so closely that they nearly blend in, which keeps the bed as the focal point.
Keep It Simple…
If you’re working with a small room, you can still mix prints, but allow one print to be the main focus. A large pattern, like this Ikat wallpaper, won’t be overpowered by simple prints that pick up color from it. Here, the stripes on the bedding and window shade echo the red and yellow on the walls.
…Or Go All Out
Contrary to popular belief, mixing several bold patterns can be tasteful, not to mention extremely fun. The trick is to use patterns of different scales that have one or two similar colors in them, which keeps the effect cohesive. In the room pictured here, nearly all of the prints contain pigments of orange and blue.