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Know what makes for good design and creating a space with great visual interest? Using patterns the right way! There's nothing I love more than fun, vibrant fabrics but not everyone knows how to achieve the look of varying patterns. Here's some tips:
Opposites attract: Scale is the first point to look at when mixing patterns. Mix a big wild print with a small neat one; plaid with florals; a stripe with a paisley. They complement each other. Patterns that are too similar just compete.
I usually start with a bold fabric with lots going on, usually with several colors in it, then build the other patterns around it. This grouping of fabrics is what I put together for a girl's nursery. Your possibilities are endless when you've got so many choices, in this case a floral, a geometric, dots, stripe and solid.
Here's some examples of making it work in a space. The pillows are all different. They don't necessarily MATCH but they GO. The curtains, the rug, it would seem like a lot going on but if you didn't have so many fun patterns, the room would be drab & fall flat.
Note the checkered ottoman, the ikat sofa, the striped rug, and the patterned ceiling. There's lots of different textures too.
Super cute color palette.. and lots of fun patterns!
tips from apartment therapy