Prints are mixing up home décor
These days, there’s no need to play it safe with home décor. People are becoming more adventurous when outfitting their living spaces, and one way they are doing that is by merging different prints. Pattern mixing is one of the hottest trends in interior designs today, and for many, it’s a welcomed change from the minimalistic styles of the past.
“I think people are realizing they can have a little more fun with their interiors,” said Libby Langdon, a New York City interior designer, author and makeover TV personality. “People are learning that they can mix a combinations of geometrics, stripes. Florals are coming back a little bit right now.”
While this isn’t a brand new trend, websites like Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram have been providing visual inspiration that wasn’t available before, giving people the confidence to try it, Langdon said. She thinks pattern mixing is here to stay, and will continue to grow as fabrics and other trends change.
Langdon offered these tips for combining prints in your home:
■ Start with three colors: Too many colors can create an unfocused, half-hazard feel. So, choose just three colors, such as green, blue and white. You may already have an item with three colors, such as a bedspread or painting, to inspire your design. Then, find different patterns that use those same colors. All of your items don’t have to include the three shades. For instance, you might use a striped pattern with green, blue and white, but then have something else with just a green geometric pattern.
■ Focus on smaller pieces: Langdon usually picks a neutral pattern for the main element in a room, such as the sofa. Then, she mixes patterns on smaller furniture pieces, such as an ottoman, side chair, dining chair or bench. This way, the colors won’t overwhelm the space.
■ Find inspiration in your favorites: “Base looks on things that you love. If you love turquoise jewelry, use that as a pop of color or some fun pattern in a space. When you build the room around the things you love, you’ll adore it,” Langdon said. “It’s definitely just finding patterns that you think are really stylish that you want to live with.”
■ Mix up your patterns: Using all geometric shapes or all floral patterns can look a little tired and old. For a fresh, new take, match different kinds of patterns together. You might combine an animal print with a stripe, or a medallion pattern with flowers.
■ Go bold or subtle: “A lot of times, you think of pattern mixing, and you think of really bold, bright colors. You can still mix patterns that are neutral and soft and still get that dynamic look,” Langdon said. For example, you could pair a soft gray and white zebra pattern with a white and aqua stripe.
Great places to mix patterns:
■ Bedroom: This is one of the easiest and cheapest spaces to combine prints. With bedding, you can incorporate a different pattern for your comforter, sheets and/or shams, breaking up the prints with a solid-colored or plain white blanket. Then, continue your color scheme in the curtains, a stool or chair.
■ Kitchen/dining area: Bring in patterns on a bench or chairs. As long as your wallpaper isn’t too bold, you can also choose fun patterns for curtains and drapes.
■ Foyer: “I think it’s a great opportunity to have fun and make some bold design choices, because the foyer’s usually a small place,” Langdon said. Pick a great pattern for an ottoman, drapes, or a chair with a pillow.
■ Living/family room: With so much furniture, this area is the perfect place to mix prints. Plus, there are lots of patterned rugs, throw pillows and blankets out there you can add.
■ Kids’ areas: While the three-color method works best in most rooms, children’s bedrooms and playrooms are areas where “an explosion of color and pattern” works.