Patty is not afraid of putting together bold blends when it comes to mixing patterns throughout the rooms of her cottage. Here are her tips for combinations that provide a visual treat without going over the top:
Black-and-white or period-style artwork, such as silhouettes or documents, can serve as a neutral counterbalance in rooms where the furnishings and walls feature a lot of color or pattern. Conversely, you can play into the theme, hanging decorative plates on wallpapered walls—look for a common hue or motif to make it work.
Paint walls, trim, molding and even the fireplace mantel in a single hue to give the room a base of color that doesn’t detract from the furnishings and collectibles arrayed in the space. If you prefer a subtle color contrast, consider painting the trim a slightly darker shade than the walls.
Give yourself permission to mix and match collectibles from across periods, themes and styles. For example, Patty pairs pewter with antique Staffordshire figurines in the living room.the sturdy, simple shapes and metallic luster of the pewter provide a perfect contrast to the delicate nature and bright colors of the porcelain.
Myriad patterns can coexist harmoniously when kept to a few common themes. Intermingle florals, plaids, checks, stripes and geometric shapes on upholstery, window treatments, throw blankets, rugs and decorative pillows, using similar hues and scale to tie accessories together.