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:
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.
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.
Photo via Architectural Digest
…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.
Photo via Elle Decor
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.
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