How to Mix Patterns, Solids and Textures

Interior Design Tips

Source: Studio McGee

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Source: Studio McGee

This guide help you mix and match fabric like a boss.

Choose your color palette. This is step #1. I love color palettes full of neutrals with 1-2 pops of color.

Incorporate at least 1 neutral color in your palette to anchor it.

Grey

Cream

White

Tan

Black

Looks for common themes in your pattern, such as dashes, florals, plaids, polka dots.

Your fabric does not need to have the same fabric or print. Mix up the scales of the patterns you’re using. For example, choose a large pattern, one medium pattern, and one small pattern. Or, choose a large pattern and two medium patterns. (The one time you may not need to vary pattern size is if you use three animal prints in one room.)

A rule of thumb is to use at least 2-3 patterns in a room while distributing patterns evenly across the room for balance. Keep patterns to one side of a room makes the room feel unbalanced.

Choosing a tone-on-tone pattern gives a neutral room depth, texture and character with a sophisticated undertone.

How do you like to mix your patterns and textures together?

with love,
Jennifer Ma

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