KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID
To properly begin a pattern mixing party, you must first bring it back to basics. Start with a solid base to work and then take a 60-30-10 approach. This means that there should be a minimum of three patterns mixed within the space. 60% of your pattern palette should be the largest scale pattern (rug shown in photo). This pattern will be your anchor; it should be the biggest, boldest and incorporate all colors used in the room. 30% should be completely different and the size should be half the scale of your first pattern, incorporating only some of your colors. 10% should be an accent showcasing two of your colors in the smallest scale (pink pillow shown in photo).
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
How do you choose the perfect spot for your patterns? The best rule of thumb is to assume that large patterns look good on a larger canvas and small patterns on a smaller canvas. Consider walls and panels for largest patterns, furniture for medium patterns and accent pieces for small patterns.
TO INFINITY, AND BEYOND
Pattern mixing should go beyond fun fabrics and pillows! Try repeating similar linear form throughout an entire room. The key to repeating identical patterns is manipulating the size and scale. You love the chevron pattern on your sofa? Replicate it through a plush, geometric area rug. Have an accent wall that needs some TLC? Paint a zig-zag pattern!
BREAK THE RULES
You don’t always have to be a perfect pattern matchmaker! Often times, patterns organically come together in an unplanned fashion. So if you want it, flaunt it! Happy mixing!