Interior Decor Ideas Color Blocking

How To Mix Colors & Prints: 3 Easy Tips

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-Block

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.

Interior Decor Ideas Color Blocking
Photo via HGTV
Greenhouse Fabric - 99324 - Cosmopolitan at DecoratorsBest
Greenhouse Fabric – 99324 – Cosmopolitan at DecoratorsBest
Scalamandre Fabric - Kuba -  Yellow and Gold at DecoratorsBest
Scalamandre Fabric – Kuba – Yellow and Gold at DecoratorsBest
Duralee Fabrics - 15255 - Tomato at DecoratorsBest
Duralee Fabrics – 15255 – Tomato at DecoratorsBest
GLIN-57
Stout Fabric – Glint 57 – Shrimp at DecoratorsBest

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.

Ikat walls in bedroom Interior Decor
Photo via Elle Decor
Nasrid Palace Mosaic - Persimmon Schumacher Wallpaper 5005962
Schumacher Wallpaper – Nasrid Palace Mosaic – Persimmon at DecoratorsBest
Kravet Fabric - 32144 - 1635 at DecoratorsBest
Kravet Fabric – 32144 – 1635 at DecoratorsBest

 

Duralee Fabrics 32081-35 Tangerine
Duralee Fabric – 32081 – Tangerine at DecoratorsBest

…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.

Mixing Prints in Interior Decor
Photo via Jaima & Co.
Cole & Son GONDOLA-BLUE CS 89/8032
Cole & Son Wallpaper – Gondola – Blue at DecoratorsBest
Schumacher Fabric - Chiang Mai Dragon - Lacquer at DecoratorsBest
Schumacher Fabric – Chiang Mai Dragon – Lacquer at DecoratorsBest
Stout Fabric - Borneo 1 - Coral at DecoratorsBest
Stout Fabric – Borneo 1 – Coral at DecoratorsBest

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