Looking for the secret to mixing home decor fabric patterns?
Check out our 3 simple tips to become a master fabric mixologist!
You’re not alone, mixing home decor fabric patterns can be a stumbling block or just too complicated to think about. Mixing patterns today is much different then even 5-10 years ago. Fabrics play a key role in design but do not overwhelm a space with heavy triple mounted drapery treatments, table skirts, bed skirts, ruffled pillows … you get the picture.
Today fabrics are more casual yet streamlined, they make sense while adding specific design elements to the space ~ pattern, texture & color plus draperies deliver privacy, warmth and noise reduction.
The secret to mixing home decor fabric patterns is all about scale.
Simple think small, medium, large.
The jumping off point in the room below is the large-scale plaid headboard.
Then varying sizes plaids & prints all in a blue and white were added making this room playfully happy for a little boy or girl!
The second key is to support the color palette.
Staying within the color palette by repeating those colors will help the eye to make sense of the prints.
And remember, prints can be subtle too.
The Guest Room below from The HGTV Dream Home 2016 showcases a dramatic paint color by Glidden Paint, New Terra Cotta. This bold paint color sets the tone for softened subtle prints to be added in the draperies & pillows, ottoman and textural fabrics found in the bedding and area rug.
The third tip is to support your prints with solids.
The use of solids helps to ground the design, giving your eye a place to rest.
The white draperies are perfect in this space in combination with all the subtle and bold patterns in this beautiful living room.
From ElleDecor.com A Blue and White Living Room with Global Prints.
So let’s get started!
The jumping off point is finding the fabric pattern you love and must have in your room.
From there the colors, and scale (small, medium or large) of the next patterns will follow.
I saw these pillows at a trade show and loved the cobalt blue and black combination in the varying scale of prints and textures they all work together adding a pop of color and texture to a black and white color scheme.
Find inspiration from fashion.
I just love Project Runway and this past season the winner of Project Runway All Stars Season 5 Dom Streater from Philadelphia was the master at mixing patterns, her designs were fresh, modern and inspired.
Check out Dom Streaters Pinterest Page to see her brilliant mix of patterns.
Find inspiration from visiting local retail shops or images online.
Retailers love to mix it up with fabric patterns and for the most part they do a good job.
As you look at images online notice what you like and don’t like about a room and see how patterns are combined.
Have Fun! Make it Yours!
It’s Monday, hope you all had a wonderful weekend! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home