Mixing and Matching Patterns in Soft Furnishings

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Wherever we look these days, we are faced with patterns. Whether it be indoors or outdoors, in books or on buildings, the world is essentially created by patterns. When it comes to furnishing our homes, we are spoilt for choice, sometimes too much that it becomes overwhelming. What patterns do we choose for cushions, throws, rugs and furniture. To ease some of the mix-match burden, we have created some top tips for you for styling with patterns. 

Incorporate different sized patterns

A great start is to pair a small-scale print with a large-scale pattern.

Use similar colours, and mix with neutrals or complimentary colours.

Blend simple and complex patterns together.

Mixing different sized patterns balance each other and are an ideal way to lift any room, without being too over powering.

You can use 3 or more patterns in one room

As a rule of thumb, use at least 3 patterns in a room.

For instance, group together a floral, stripe and a spot.

Provide contrast and create a visual balance, however, don’t over do it or your room will be too busy and chaotic.

Imagine walking in to a room and your eyes just started hurting! You don’t know where to look first and there are colours and patterns everywhere! It would be quite overwhelming right? So allow all patterns to “marry” each other well. Easy and calm on the senses to create a warm and inviting space.

The most prominent pattern in a room can be a rug. If you start that way, it “grounds” the space and sets the tone for the rest of the room. Then add layers of complimentary or contrasting patterns.

Try a variety of patterns

Most of us stick to what we know, especially when it comes to interior decorating.

But sometimes it is good to step outside our comfort zone and reach for those patterns that we are not used to having.

Consider Paisley, Geometrics, Dots, Spots or Circles, Ikat, Suzani, Tartans or Plaids, Checks, Toiles orTrellis, Chinoiserie, Houndstooth, Gingham or Damask just to name a few.

Stripes go with everything so are a good start! They are a classic no matter what the colour, style or size – a narrow ticking stripe, abstract lines, uneven or even stripes. If you have neutral couches or day chairs, try a bold striped cushion or throw to give it something extra.

Florals are also a great pattern to use. Imagine some bright pink and purples on a black background for cushions with punch. Even artwork in a room can make an incredible statement of pattern. If you want something a little quieter, a zig zag or herringbone (also known as a chevron) is a non-threatening pattern that can be used in any room of the house. Even patterned tiles in the kitchen or bathroom, wall paper and other soft furnishings create interest. Don’t be afraid to try any pattern to see what works for you and your home.

Finding the right patterns and the right way to mix and match them can take some practice, so don’t rush. There are hundreds (maybe even thousands) of patterns that you can choose from. I’d be here for weeks if I had to explain all of them to you. With all the gorgeous patterns to choose from, the hardest part will be choosing your style and colourway.

Explore our range of beautiful home furnishings online now or contact me for a Home Styling Consult and let me put a scheme together to suit your taste and lifestyle.