The trend for maximalist interior design has seen an increase in our love of patterns. In particular combining pattern and different colours / designs together. Are you a fan? Or do you prefer to keep things simple? 🤔
combining patterns in your room
Combining patterns can make a stunning visual impact which looks both opulent and cosy at the same time. It can be tricky to pull off… my advice is to follow your gut. There really are no steadfast rules, however, I do have some guidelines if you want to give it a try…
my top tips for mixing up patterns:
1. Start with the ‘wow’ statement pattern!
Start with an ‘anchor’ pattern and build other patterns around it. This could perhaps be a show-stopping wallpaper or curtain fabric. By putting your favourite at the heart of the scheme you can vary the intensity and build a scheme that feels harmonious & put together.
2. Use similar colours
Keep the colour palette simple. I recommend using a minimum of 3 or maybe 4 colours from the same tonal palette. Think about what room you are working in and mood you want to create.
3. Blend simple & complex patterns
Combine smaller patterns with larger scale patterns to keep a balance. Breaking patterns up with blocks of colour can also look striking.
4. Combining pattern – know what doesn’t go!
Edit edit edit! Don’t be afraid to experiment! Sometimes you don’t realise two patterns don’t work together until you put them side by side. If I’m not sure, I leave a scheme & return to it later.
As with colour, it’s always wise to check it different times of day and in artificial light. Order some cool wallpaper, fabric & paint samples and have fun playing around with some different colours & patterns!
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