The Friday Fix: Advice on How to Successfully Mix Patterns
NO ONE is great at everything... not even the fiercest A-type personality. While I eat, sleep and breath interiors, I must admit there are many areas about decor in which I still need to improve.
One of those areas is mixing and matching patterns. I'm all thumbs when it comes to that. So what do passionate people do when they get stuck? They ask for help- from a pro.
Today I'm doing just that by enlisting the help of southern bell and designer, Niki McNeill of Single Bubble Pop.
Affiliate links may be included in this post. This means that should you purchase a linked product, I may receive a small commission, but at no additional cost to you. To read my full disclosure click here.
Consulting With an Expert on Mixing Patterns
Niki has a degree in interior design with nearly 10 years experience. Her work has been recognized by Southern Living, House Beautiful, and HGTV.com just to name a few. She's also, a former pre-med student, who LOVES the art of mixing patterns. That combination of brains and talent naturally made her the perfect person to help break down the science of "pattern clashing" as one of my other designer buddies calls it.
Below is the selection that I've been working on for my bedroom. Although I'd like to incorporate feminine touches, it's only considerate to keep the hubby in mind. So I kept the color palette subtle with different shades of gray.
In a desperate attempt to infuse the muted plum I've come to love, I purchased a pair of strange looking furry pillows (shown above). I think the florescent lighting in the store must have been messing with my eyes or something 'cause that color is definitely not working for me. Way too bright.
So before I waste more time chasing my tail, I'll turn this post over to Ms. Niki. Niki, what advice do you give on mixing patterns?
- The key to mixing patterns effectively is to vary the scale. For example, if you have one large scale floral, pair it with a smaller scale stripe. If the scale is too similar, it looks like you tried to match and failed.
- Create an interesting monochromatic mix by layering one color in different textures and patterns. Nothing will "fight" because they are all connected by hue.
- Don't be afraid of contrast! Mixing dark & light is a great way to make sure your mix stands out.
1. Curves & Arrows
2. Gender Friendly Florals
3. Plum Geo
It's a pretty well known fact that when it comes to design, women love curves, while men prefer straight lines and geometric shapes. In each of the samples above, I've tried to blend both. Now I honestly can't decide which one is my favorite.
Could you benefit from a one-on-one consultation with an interior designer? Consider giving Niki a call. She can be reached at: at email@example.com or by phone at 919.438.2909. I promise you won't regret it!
- Which of the samples above is your favorite?
- Would you switch out any of the selections shown to make an entirely new one?
One more favor may I ask of you?
If you enjoyed this post
Please share, tweet or pin it.