Mixing Colors and Patterns to Create A Relaxing Space

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Mixing Colors and Patterns to Create A Relaxing Space

When creating a room design, its important to mix and match patterns and colors to create visual interest.  But we get it, it’s not that easy to layer colors and patterns without feeling overwhelmed. Mixing patterns is one of those decor areas that people seem to shy away from simply out of fear of not knowing what to match up. This leaves a lot of cream and grey, mostly solid rooms.  We’re here to help bring back

1: Determine what color palette you want as a primary focus. Before you start focusing on how many colors to mix and which patterns to use, start with a primary color scheme.  In this bedroom, that color focus is soft teal.  That color is found on the walls, in the art, in the bedding, and in the rug.

2. Find a piece of inspiration:  We like to find inspiration to connect the rest of our color palette. That may be a piece of art, a fabric, or a rug that works well with your primary focus, but also introduces accent colors. In this bedroom, we found that inspiration in the abstract art and that art connects well with the rug.

3. Let neutrals be your base.  Incorporating neutrals while mixing various colors and patterns gives your eyes a place to rest.  In this master bedroom, the neutrals used are the cream duvet, the grey headboard, the white ceiling, and the white trim.

4. Use a variety of scales when mixing and matching patterns.

The Magic Number: Odd numbers work when you are grouping. Three is always a good place to start; go up from there if you’re feeling it.

Pattern 1: This is your strongest statement, so choose something you absolutely love and want to go off of for the rest of the room. It’s best to start with a large scale pattern. In this master suite, that is the swivel chair fabric.

Pattern 2: This piece should have a couple of the same colors as your first pattern, but be half the scale. The drapery and front pillow fabric both follow this principle.

Pattern 3: Go for a complementary color or neutral textured piece in a smaller scale. Here we have the orange shams.

Here are a few other general principals to keep in mind.

  1. Color Intensity: Stay with the same color tones and intensities. We would avoid mixing primary colors with pastels, or muted tones with jewel tones. This will help you create a cohesive look.
  2. Solids and Textures: Your eye needs somewhere to rest in between the patterns that you are layering.  Add in solids and textures to balance and separate your patterns.
  3. Neutrals: Neutrals make a great break between your patterns and colors to give you a base to build on.

Want to see more of how we mixed color and pattern in this teal and orange bedroom? Head over to our portfolio!

Still feeling overwhelmed by mixing colors and patterns into a comprehensive design you will love?  We would love to help you! Give us a call to book a consultation.

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