Mixing Patterns – Tips from Third Floor Design Studio

I know many have trouble with mixing patterns.  I’ve been meaning to write a post on this for my readers, but before I could, I had an opportunity to have a wonderful guest come in and share on this topic.  So, let’s welcome Kimberly from Third Floor Design.  She has a fantastic blog with lots of great tips!  She and I actually exchanged guest posts today.  My post on her blog is about tips on the size of area rugs.  Take it away, Kimberly.
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Hi all! I’m really excited to be guest blogging here at Hyphen Interiors today.  Kristy has a fabulous blog that I’ve been following from the beginning!  Today I’m tackling how to mix and match fabrics.  This is no easy task at times so I hope my suggestions make the process a little easier!  Enjoy!
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Mixing & matching fabrics can definitely cause anxiety for any decorator. I’ve gone through my fair share of frustration trying to put the “perfect” patterns and colors together. The combination of fabrics can make or break a room’s design — but this doesn’t mean that they all have the exact same colors, patterns, textures, designs, etc. Really, that would be so boring. As I look through my files of images that inspire, I’ve realized that an interesting mix catches the eye much more quickly. This doesn’t mean go crazy at the fabric store tomorrow — there are a few guidelines — but they’re easy to follow. Believe me, you’ll be much more at ease and satisfied with what you put together if you stick with these “tricks of the trade.”
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1. Emphasize one fabric.
I’m all for mixing and matching unique fabrics but we all know that too much of a good thing can, well, you know…chocolate anyone? So, in order to minimize conflict between your fabrics, place emphasis on one by using more of it or using it on a larger scale. By doing this you give yourself the freedom to add more fabrics with varied patterns and textures and still create harmony.
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2. Coordinate your colors.
If you already have other elements from the room (art, paint chips, upholstery fabrics) then perfect! You just made your job a whole lot easier! BRING those paint chips, upholstery samples, or paintings. These will be great foundational pieces to build on. If the fabric store is your first stop, then find that one fabric you fall in love with and start building there. Don’t be ashamed to carry that bolt all over the store if you have to! Here is a BIG HINT: Don’t worry about matching your colors EXACTLY. Do make sure that there is at least one similar color between your fabrics to keep that harmony alive (even if it is a neutral)!
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Via House Beautiful
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3. Vary the scale.
This could possibly be the most important tip. Patterns can quickly cause conflict if the scales are not varied. Remember these three words: large, medium, small. For example, a large floral pattern may be paired with a medium geometric pattern and a small detail pattern. Using these three different scales together will blend the fabrics and yep…maintain harmony. It’s all about the harmony people!
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4. Avoid too many pattern directions.
Lines create strong psychological effects so just be careful when adding lined patterns. Too many line directions can be confusing and create tension. A great way to avoid this is never have to geometrical patterns right next to each other. {The pictures below show successful pattern combination…}
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Thank you, Kimberly!  I hope you learned lots of great tips today.   Be sure to visit her blog.  I am also on her blog today guest posting about “How Big Should An Area Rug Be?”   Check that out as well.
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kristysig

4 Comments :

  1. What a great, in-depth post. I have to agree with it all!

    Suzy xxx

  2. Great tips & lovely images

  3. And THANK YOU for featuring me! It was so fun. :)

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