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How To Mix Patterns In Interior Design

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.