We have said it before, and we will say it again: mixing prints and patterns are easier than you think. Take the stress out of it with these tips and fun products
Believe it or not, mixing prints and patterns is easier than you think
Whether in fashion or home interior, mixing prints have been in trend for quite some time now. In fact, prints and patterns are expressive decorating tools that can instantly set a mood and transport us to a different time or place. From quintessentially English floral prints to exotic ethnic fabrics, a good mix of prints and patterns in a space has the power to transform it into either a calming cocoon or one filled with excitement and drama. However, not everyone has got the pattern-mixing thing down, though it is certainly a skill that can be picked up by anyone who has the heart for it. For those who are still baffled by how to pull the feat off, below are some tips to consider to increase your chances of scoring a pattern-mixing success story. Firstly, we suggest using patterns of multiple scales, as too many small, tight patterns in a space may appear taxing for the eyes. Try to incorporate white or other light neutrals to add negative space – they allow the eye to take a breather from all that pattern goodness while adding to the depth of a space. If you’re not into white, introducing areas of solid colours works too. And, on the topic of colours, you might want to refrain from pairing neon green polka dots with red leopard prints. In pattern play, it is always a good idea to use colours that are noncompeting.
ÉLITIS AMBRE, SIXTINE AND EURYDICE CUSHION COVERS Repeating colours from pattern to pattern can make even the most disparate patterns seem like first cousins. The warmer, pastel hue as seen on both the Élitis Ambre and Sixtine cushion covers sit well with one another, making an eclectic and meditative pair. And when interspersed with a solid colour one like Eurydice, the visual impact they create is gently softened.
NËSTNÖRDIC.COM YELLOW FADING SUN AND GREEN/PETROL KALEIDOSCOPE RUGS Do not know where to start? Why not pick a rug as a stepping-off point? A wellplaced rug can really pull a room together. Break out of your comfort zone and try something radical. A homogeneous room is the perfect opportunity to invest in a loud, interesting floor covering, such as these options from Nëstnördic.com which thrive on simple graphic patterns with a refreshing colour palette.