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Office designed by Remix Living Dominique Calhoun that mixes patterns and textiles

How to Mix Patterns and Prints in Your Home

Patterns and prints can add a bit of flair to any room, but mixing them can be tricky. Remix Living’s Dominique Calhoun weighs in on how to create a stunning look every time.

Dominique Says…

When deciding what patterns work with prints in your home, it’s best to combine prints in different designs and scales. Consider the 60/30/10 approach. Stick to 60 percent of your first pattern, 30 percent of your second pattern, and 10 percent of your final as an accent. Remember the most promenade color in the room sets the tone for the secondary color and print selections. Once you are able to identify your main selection, it should be a breeze to work from there.

What are some things to look for when matching patterns and prints?

Black and white pattern office designed by Remix Living Dominique Calhoun
Design by Remix Living

Choose your large pattern first, as this helps establish your main color and vibe for the room. Then, choose a smaller pattern that complements the main pattern. Don’t stray too far from your main pattern and its color intensity as you want to create a uniformed look.

Establish your secondary prints to add visual interest and contrast in the design. Consider the levels of patterns. Before picking the secondary pattern, determine what colors work well together. Whether in your rug print, accent wall or textiles, choose complementary colors in smaller patterns. The color wheel will be your best friend throughout this process! Reference it if you need a visual reference of what colors work well together or oppose each other.

What patterns and prints work where in the home?

Tropical motifs work best in small spaces like a bedroom or powder room. These make a huge impact and divert attention from rooms small size. Stripes and geometrics are bold, clean and guaranteed to pop. These work well in spacious rooms. Graphic florals work nicely in an entryway or passageway as a great way to introduce an unexpected use of color.

Pattern designs

When mixing and matching patterns, choose a variety of pattern designs and scales. Go back to the levels of patterns rule. Once you have chosen your main pattern work from there and choose your smaller patterns to complement the main choice.

Don’t make the mistake of selecting primary and complementary patterns that don’t work well together and are too busy.

Gray living room with suede sofa and black and white rug
Living room designed by Remix Living

Blending and matching

Have a starting point. Determine a color pallet you love first. This will help to make your color pattern selection be a lot easier. Next, determine what patterns you don’t like. This will help make your selection faster. Always remember to balance prints with solids, interspersing colors and patterns throughout the room, so you don’t overdo it.

Combine wallpapers to complement furniture

It’s 2018 so in the design world, we’re straying away from the term “match” when it comes to designing a space. Choosing a furniture set that matched was the safe way along with the matching wallpaper exact in color. Today when aligning your wallpaper and furniture selection, make sure they both share a similar style. Consider similarities like color threads in fabrics to match the wallpaper choice rather than the entire wall being the same color as the furniture.

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