Design Elements - 6 Tips for Mixing Patterns

The elements and principles of design are the building blocks of design. The elements of design are form, pattern, texture, scale, light, and color.  Today we'll talk pattern. 

A pattern is formed when shapes are grouped together.  Patterns can be combinations of one or more of the four basic types of shapes: natural, stylistic, geometric, and abstract. 

Mixing patterns in a space is a great way to add interest, color, and depth while giving your space a custom look.  Scale should be compatible yet varied.  In other words, mix large with small.  By incorporating varying scales to the space, the prints won't compete with one another. 

Are you afraid to mix pattern? If so, I have put together a few suggestions to help you overcome your fear of pattern.

Tip One: Large patterns work best on large items, such as the wall, window treatment or area rug.  Notice how great this large scale wallpaper works on this bedroom accent wall.

Tip Two:  A medium pattern is better suited to smaller items such as accent pieces like this chair in the living space designed by Sarah Richardson.

Tip Three: Unite your patterns with color like these cushion in this banquette.

Tip Four: Use solids in conjunction with your patterns.  Pull out the main color(s) from your pattern like this colorful living space.

Tip Five:  Don't be afraid to mix patterns on furniture.  I love this chair I found on Etsy.

I love the combination of large scale and small scale pattern on this chair. 

Tip Six: Don't be afraid to be bold like this beautiful salmon and chartreuse bedroom.
Are you inspired? I hope so.  Next time we'll talk texture.  Thanks for stopping by...
Until next time,