Co­or­di­nate or clash?

How to make a mix­ture of pat­terns work and what de­sign draw­backs to avoid

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Plan­ning to use more than one strik­ing pat­tern in a room can call for a del­i­cate bal­ance. So what’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween clash­ing and co­or­di­nat­ing de­signs?

Co­or­di­nat­ing de­signs

These are de­signs that are in a sim­i­lar style. A good ex­am­ple of this is ikat, which is a dye­ing tech­nique that is used to pat­tern fab­rics. You can em­ploy plenty of dif­fer­ent colours and scales of ikat motifs in a room and as long as they are all in sim­i­lar styles, they will usu­ally work well with each other. An­other ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of a co­or­di­nat­ing pat­tern is the use of stripes. us­ing a thick, bold de­sign on a sofa then pair­ing this with smaller and thin­ner-scaled stripes for cush­ions, cur­tains and rugs in the same room will work. For a fail-safe way to co­or­di­nate, try stick­ing to the same or very sim­i­lar colours be­tween the pieces that have the same pat­tern.

Clash­ing de­signs

De­signs that clash are a lit­tle more tricky to get right and there’s no real set of rules, so some­times you just have to go with what feels right and what you love. clash­ing

Fab­ric houses have co­or­di­nat­ing de­signs in per­fectly match­ing colours to take the guess­work out of match­ing pat­terns

pat­terns that tend to work suc­cess­fully to­gether usu­ally have a con­nect­ing theme – such as a colour or a de­sign el­e­ment. if you choose one fo­cal pat­tern, you can then ac­ces­sorise with fab­rics and wall­pa­pers in dif­fer­ent de­signs, but in sim­i­lar colours to clash with the orig­i­nal fo­cal fea­ture. us­ing com­mon colours are an im­por­tant fac­tor in tieing the whole look to­gether.

clash­ing pat­terns can also be along the same de­sign theme, so if you want lots of flo­rals, choose one big­ger, bold de­sign for cur­tains and the rest of the pat­terns could be dif­fer­ent colours and scales but the flow­ers are all pink or red. The flow­ers serve as the com­mon link that makes the pat­terns work well to­gether.

How to use a mood­board

mood­boards are a great way to see if your scheme is go­ing to work be­fore you in­vest in any­thing. Search for im­ages of rooms you like and pat­terns you want to use, print them out, then stick them to­gether on an A2 piece of card. Add all the el­e­ments you want to in­clude.

Take a step back and look at how they work to­gether. Do they clash well or look a bit over the top? Thor­ough plan­ning at this stage helps you to clar­ify your de­sign.

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