When we’re looking for a little design inspiration, we like to keep an eye on the runway. Regardless of the designer or the time of year, you can bet that a pattern mix will take place. Not surprisingly, what works on the runway also works at home. Mixing patterns is one way to add visual interest and depth to a design. However, if you are nervous about pairing plaids with flowers, our designers have some tips for perfection when mixing patterns.
Think of multiple scales
When mixing patterns in a room, you want a mix of large, above-the-scale patterns and smaller patterns. Too many small patterns and you have eye fatigue. Too many large format patterns and you will feel like a character in Alice in Wonderland.
Don’t forget the negative space
When you mix patterns, the negative space gives you a visual breather.
Think of complementary colors
A mix of black and white patterns could feel chic, as could patterns where any green or blue is the dominant color. Do you need some pictures? See below.
The bedroom pattern mix
The 500 square meter apartment of the wallpaper company Hygge & West founder Christiana Coop in San Francisco is filled with patterns. An oversized flower painting, gold diamante wallpaper and dark blue patterned bedding. The different scale makes everything possible. About Lonny