There’s one design dilemma that continues to elude many. Mixing patterns. Using more than one pattern in a room can seem intimidating to those who are unfamiliar with it, but it can actually be very easy.
There was a time when people would use matching patterns throughout a room – the curtains would match the sofa which would match the lampshades which would match the pillows and so on. But that look is over (and will hopefully never return). Now when it comes to using patterns in a room it’s all about coordinating and complimenting.
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- Characteristics: Traditional, formal, and glamorous
- Common Uses: Wallpaper, side chairs
- Pairs well with: Stripes, solids and subtle florals.
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- Characteristics: Romantic and feminine.
- Common Uses: Wallpaper, draperies, bedding, pillows and furniture upholstery.
- Pairs well with: Stripes. Florals can also look good with other geometric patterns such as checks and polka dots if they’re in the same color or hue.
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- Characteristics: Bohemian with a hint of formality.
- Common Uses: Curtains, throws, pillows and upholstery.
- Pairs well with: Herringbone and stripes.
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- Characteristics: Very versatile based on size – large can be bold and energetic while small can be formal and traditional
- Common Uses: Works best in small doses (curtains, throws, pillows). However if you want to use it on a large scale, consider chevron or herringbone floors – very elegant.
- Pairs Well With: Pretty much anything as long as the colors work together.
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- Characteristics: Wild and eclectic
- Common Uses: Rugs, ottomans, pillows and specific statement pieces.
- Pairs Well With: Other graphic prints
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