How To Mix Patterns

So today we're go on talk about mixing patterns and I'm go on give you a super simple lesson because mixing patterns can look great but it can go really really wrong really fast. So stay tuned for my tips and I have a special creepy for you at the end ok. So tip number one is you want to pick the color that you'd like. So the easiest way to almost to do that when I ask people well what color do you like I don't know but usually you know what color you don't like.

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So if you don't like oranges say or you don't like red at least eliminate those colors from your choices tip number two when mixing patterns I think is then go with a pattern that you love. So your first thing is you're go on choose a pattern that you love and don't think too much about it. So for example out of looking at all these this is probably one of the ones I would pick the best I just love the colors about it.

So your first thing is just pick the pattern you love. So tip number three you've chosen your colors that you're kind of going with in you found a pattern that you love and now you want to add to it and I'm kind of talking here in pillows but this could apply to drapery when they give you a room it could apply to carpets and kind of apply to upholstery on chairs but let's just talk pillows for easy sake. So the easiest way to mix the patterns is just to take your fabric that you chose and choose a solid in a different material.

So this is sort of a linen fabric and then this solid is a velvet. So these would obviously work beautifully together not just because of the colors but because they're different textures. So that's a super easy way to get it right every time.

So tip number four let's say you've got your solid you've got your fabric that you love and you want to introduce something else. So what you want to think about here is color and scale.

So in this pattern again the color we've got blues we've got grays we've got greens we've got creams. So you want to pick one of those colors.

So let's say in this example we'll pick the grey and choose another fabric that then has that great tip number five we're getting closer hair. So you cut your fabric that you love you've chosen another color within that fabric. So we've got the grey and now you want to think about scale.

So this floral is quite a large scale print. So what you want to look for is something smaller scale like this sort of trellis pattern. So these actually work really well together and again the reason is color and scale large was small one color from here one color from there.

So just a couple more examples of this it's a really hammer at home. So here actually I think it's the same type of floral but it's in two different colors large scale pick a color which is the brown going to a small scale trellis here you could also do something like this this ikat or you can however you want to say it it's kind of a lot i've stations in a large pattern it's a medium pattern. So this would work with needs to with a smaller pattern again now just to show you an example where it wouldn't work these two together this doesn't look good and the reason it doesn't look good is they're kind of fighting with each other because the scale of it it's.

So small one you possibly could do with it and taking this being a medium scale is at a really large scale pattern. So this pattern is still really popular and these two go together it's a little more bold a little more daring but it can work. So again the color and the scale is why it's happening.

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