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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

Malaysia Tatler Homes - - DEC/JAN ISSUE -

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.

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