3 Quick Tips for Mixing Patterns

When it comes to the art of interior design there is a fine line between creating a space that is an eyesore, and adding enough visual context to make a room stand out.The designers at Model55 are fans of mixing patterns to create spaces that are unique and pleasant to be in. One thing we’ve seen a lot of in our years of designing beautiful model apartments throughout the country, is that so many people shy away from patterns because they fear going overboard. As designers we’ve seen it all, which is why we don’t shy away from the world of patterns. In fact, we encourage a healthy dose of mixing patterns in any design scheme. Below we’ve compiled three pro tips to help make anyone a pattern-mixing master!

#1. Start With Your Favorite Pattern

Usually there are two types of patterns in home décor, the first being organic. Organic patterns are inspired by nature – so anything from paisley to floral patterns will fall under the category of organic. The second type of pattern you might have your eye on is a geometric pattern. Like their name, these patterns are created from shapes and are symmetrical.
Do you have a pattern in mind? If so, define what type of pattern it is. Once you have done that, you can mix different sizes and types of patterns while ensuring that you keep an element that ties them all together incorporated in your selections.

#2. Use Different Sized Patterns

If you’re wondering how to make sure you choose patterns that are different enough to stand out from each other, it’s important to incorporate different sizes. Using more than one small-scaled pattern can feel busy, regardless of how big your space is. If you want to mix patterns well, try using larger patterns in addition to a small pattern that pops – we recommend one to two large or medium patterns and one small pattern. As a general rule of thumb, odd numbers always look best when it comes to patterns, which is why we recommend starting with three.

#3. Scale Appropriately

To scale appropriately, you want to try to match the size of your pattern with the size of an area. For example, small patterns look best on smaller items, such as upholstered chair cushions, or accent pillows, whereas large patterns look best on larger items, such as area rugs, bookshelves, or accent walls. We love the idea of using geometrical and organic patterns while scaling them to the pieces you’ve chosen. For example, if you find a small organic, paisley pattern you love, you could apply it to a living room by creating small couch pillows from that pattern. Next add larger accent pillows with medium geometrical patterns, and finish with an accent wall in geometrical wallpaper.

There you have it, three quick and easy tips for mixing patterns in décor. If you are looking for help designing a unique apartment to showcase your community, be sure to stay up-to-date on our blog. We love offering fresh tips and ideas for designing the perfect space.

Amanda Beausoleil

Model55 purchases, designs and installs model apartments quickly and efficiently, reducing the cost and time of setting up your own model apartment.

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