How to mix + match patterns like a pro.

Happy home. How to mix + match patterns like a pro.

Words by
Charles Parsons Interiors
Photography James Dunlop + Maurice Kain

“To find the balance between matchy-matchy and clashing, it's all about choosing an overarching colour palette.”

— Justina Blakeney. Interior Stylist

Tip 3: Use scale to your advantage

Interior Design Pro suggests playing with the scale of patterns, experimenting with big and bold patterns beside small and delicate prints. Although there is no strict rule of thumb, most professionals will recommend not going beyond three to four different patterns when dabbling in scale as any more could become jarring and overwhelming.

Tip 4: Balance strategically with neutrals

It helps to soften prints and patterns with solid neutrals. In an interview with House Beautiful magazine, designer Ashley Whittaker shared her top advice on how to strategically use solid neutrals to your advantage.

“I always tell clients not to be scared of pattern,” said Ms Whittaker. “They’ll look at six-by-six-inch swatches tightly clustered on a table and say, ‘ooh, wow… that seems like a lot.’ Of course I intersperse them with solids and neutrals.”

For interspersing your prints stock up on versatile neutrals such as cream, beige, brown, grey, white or black commercial textiles.

Tip 5: Choose prints or patterns that match the style of your home design

Is your interior decor more contemporary, sleek and modern or antique, vintage and rustic-chic? Patterns and prints will also fall into these two spectrums of style, with some more futuristic and modern while others nod to the past with ornate, intricate line work.

The trick to succeeding with a modern scheme is to prioritise block colours and solid upholstery fabric, in keeping with the minimalism vibe, but to introduce one standout feature print. The sofa, rug, cushions and furniture can all be in single colours in block materials with not a single pattern anywhere in sight. Then add a feature fabric in your window furnishings with a bold print to tie into the rest of the decor by keeping the same overarching colour scheme but it easily stands out from the rest of the room thanks to the pattern.

On the other hand, a bohemian vintage look will clutter and clash as many different earthy, organic prints such as leaves and plants in contrast with bold, vibrant colours. Both looks have their own value and impact so choose your own preference.

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