Kelly Wearstler Interior Decor Groundworks

How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

There’s a trend popping up among designers: Mixing patterns! Thanks to these celebrity designers’ latest collections and tips, you don’t have to be a design genius to get the look. Check them out:

Neutral Ground

You’ll notice a general rule for mixing patterns, no matter who the designer is: Greys and neutrals are your friends. Whether it’s a whole room filled with neutral patterns or just used as a solid base, the natural hues keep the look from being too schizophrenic. Here, Kelly Wearstler’s home uses absolutely no solids, yet it looks balanced because everything falls into the tan, white, black or grey family.

Kelly Wearstler Interior Decor Groundworks

Photo via http://www.designserendipityinteriors.com
Groundworks Fabric - Channels - Ebony/IvoryGroundworks Fabric – Channels – Ebony/Ivory
Groundworks Fabric - Sora Velvet - Dove/FlintGroundworks Fabric – Sora Velvet – Dove/Flint
Groundworks Fabric - Tempest - LinenGroundworks Fabric – Tempest – Linen
Groundworks Fabric - Flair - NoirGroundworks Fabric – Flair – Noir

Groundworks Fabric - Bengal Bazaar - Graphite

Groundworks Fabric – Bengal Bazaar – Graphite

Pull From the Busiest Pattern…

Pull colors from the busiest pattern you would like to use when choosing other prints for the room. Here Nate Berkus used hues from the yellow, grey, and blue ikat fabric upholstered on the ottomans for the chevron, medallion, and striped fabrics in the room.

 

Nate Berkus for Fabricut Interior Decor

Photo via Architectural Digest
Nate Berkus for Fabricut - Cook County - Heather 1150802Nate Burkus for Fabricut- Cook County – Heather
Nate Bekus for Fabricut Fabric - Bowmanville - Metal
Nate Bekus for Fabricut Fabric – Bowmanville – Metal
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric - Cermak - Pacifica
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric – Cermak – Pacifica
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric - Garfield - Sapphire
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric – Garfield – Sapphire
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric - Devon Stripe - Mineral
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric – Devon Stripe – Mineral
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric - Cottage Grove - Truffle
Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabric – Cottage Grove – Truffle

…Or Tie it In with Accessories

Sometimes all you need to tie together patterns in two different colors, like the green and orange pictured here, are a few accessories. The red flowers and ikat chest at the foot of the bed help to unify the room.

Thom Filicia Decor Kravet Collection

Photo via Elle Decor
Thom Filicia for Kravet - Harrider - Pewter
Thom Filicia for Kravet – Harrider – Pewter
Thom Filicia for Kravet Fabric - Fobes - Tango 32836-1211
Thom Filicia for Kravet – Fobes – Tango
Thom Filicia for Kravet - Raynor Ivory - 30760-1
Thom Filicia for Kravet – Raynor Ivory – 30760-1
Yellow Ikat
Kravet – Ornamental Ikat – Saffron

 

Lee Jofa Fabric - Sassari Ikat - Garnet
Lee Jofa Fabric – Sassari Ikat – Garnet
Kravet Fabric - 30983 - 1616
Kravet Fabric – 30983 – 1616

Mix Large Geometrics

When mixing bold geometrics of similar scale, it’s best to only use two or three patterns, allowing one to be neutral (light grey is lovely) so that the two do not compete for the eye’s attention. Leave the rest up to textured solids that add interest without stealing the show.

robert allen dwell studioPhoto via Robert Allen
Dwell Studio for Robert Allen - Futura - Dove
Dwell Studio for Robert Allen – Futura – Dove
Lee Jofa
Lee Jofa-Ikat Stripe – Blue/ Oyster

 

Dwell Studio for Robert Allen - Regency Stripe - Mineral
Dwell Studio for Robert Allen – Regency Stripe – Mineral
Greenhouse A2399 Silver
Greenhouse Fabric – A2399 – Silver
Dwell Studio for Robert Allen - Natural Slub - Rain
Dwell Studio for Robert Allen – Natural Slub – Rain

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