Become a Pattern Mix Master

Mixing hues that are bright and bold patterns at a space can be challenging. For the novice decorator, it may seem easier to just rely on the fundamental “one neutral and one accent fabric” formula. Not too fast! Developing a space filled with interesting patterns and hues isn’t as tough as it appears.

Layering bold patterns is a contemporary way to approach home d├ęcor, and it does not just need to be left to the professionals. Stick to those five simple principles and you will be on your way into a stylish, inspired home in no time.

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Selective saturation. In this bedroom, designer Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design seamlessly combines multiple patterned components. By choosing fabrics and a background with the exact same amount of intensity and saturation, De Vargas generates a space that feels united.

Wallpaper: Ferm Living; bed frame: habit, Turquoise; crimson blanket: John Robshaw; pillows: Duralee

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Rely on benchmark points. Designer Molly Luetkemeyer desired to make a home that made her feel as though she was on holiday every day. This kitchen surely does the trick, drawing inspiration from the Greek islands. The space includes several design components: a yellow-striped ceiling, a zebra-print rug, a contemporary floral roman colour. To pull the space together, Luetkemeyer reproduces the hues found in these components with accent pieces placed throughout the space. Green plants on the table and console mimic the backsplash. A tiny lemon-hued box ties to the ceiling.

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Vary the scale and style. Many designers indicate mixing at least three patterns in a space when going for a layered, eclectic look. This keeps the notion looking like an intentional design choice rather than a mistake. Remember to pick patterns in a wide variety of scales (think small, medium, big). Also pick a variety of styles (think floral, stripe, chevron).

Couch: classic, Wertz Brothers; pillows: Colcha; carpeting: Weego Home

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Hues in stability. Dark and white patterns dominate this living room, with pops of crimson working to unite the space. If you’re concerned with creating a space that feels too active, stick to a clearly defined colour palette.

Wall paint: China White, Benjamin Moore; trim paint Black, Benjamin Moore; carpeting: Stark

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Space it out. Outdoor spaces are the ideal place to experiment with unexpected design options. Side by side, the six distinct outdoor fabrics used on the kingdom of ottomans during this space may seem overwhelming. Rather than set the patterns in one area of the room, scatter them through the space. This will keep the room feeling balanced and make interest throughout the room.

Red chairs: Fermob, Plastica; upholstered chairs layout: Pae White, 1301PE Gallery; chairs cloth: Sunbrella

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