Mixing patterns can be lots of fun, but also a disaster if you have no idea where to start! Here are three main tips to consider when choosing patterns for your desired area:
- Use patterns of multiple scales: All of the patterns you use should be of different scale — too many small, tight patterns could confuse the eye in a space.
- Incorporate white to add negative space: White or other light neutrals allow the eye to take a breather from all that pattern goodness, and can add to the depth of a space. If you’re not into white, allow areas of open-blocked color to give the eyes a rest.
- Use colors that complement each other: Bright pink chevron with red leopard? Maybe not. Use non-competing colors in your pattern play.