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Decorate By Mixing Patterns

Decorate By Mixing Patterns

 Decorating with pattern on pattern or what is more often called mixing patterns is exciting.   I so admire interior designers who do this so well and have often wondered how.  By now, you may know I'm a strong proponent for looking to clothes in the closet for inspiration.  Yesterday, I discovered this fabulous dress (no, not in my poor miserable closet!) from Net-A-Porter.com and used it as the palette and pattern play for this design:

Personally, I would never have had the guts to even think of such a complex design so rich in color and patterns had it not been for the dress.  What I found to be important was selecting a focal color (the orange family in this case); keeping colors in the same value; and keeping patterns in similar size and shape.  To give the eye a place to rest from so much busy-ness, I added solid colors found in the chairs, the ottoman and the chests.  Second step to creating such a decor:  Be Bold.  (I wrote about this in an earlier post.)  Mixing patterns is not for the screamish!  Let's look at some real examples of mixing patterns.

On Pinterest from Beach Bungalow8 Blogspot

On Pinterest from Beach Bungalow8 Blogspot

Found on Pinterest from Houzz.com

Found on Pinterest from Houzz.com

Did you notice the color value, size of the different patterns and solid colors to rest the eyes.  Here are some more:

From The Pink Chandelier, design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

From The Pink Chandelier, design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Found on Pinterest 

Found on Pinterest 

If you really want to be daring in mixing patterns but are a little timid, visit the blog of Keltainen talo rannalla, interior designer.  It is a must see blog for inspiration and getting that "get moving feeling."  Here's one of her examples I found on Pinterest.  

Check out these fabulous mixed pattern rooms:

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

From Apartment Therapy on A Victorian Rowhouse In Toronto

From Apartment Therapy on A Victorian Rowhouse In Toronto

On Pinterest from HGTV, A Cape Cod Inspired Living room

On Pinterest from HGTV, A Cape Cod Inspired Living room

If you find yourself liking, even loving mixing patterns in a decor but it's a little too busy for you, remember you can always just add it to a vignette or the corner of a room.

Already have something in this style or something in mind?  I would love to hear about it!

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