How to Mix Patterns Like A Pro

1.Odd Numbers Look Best
Decorate in groups of odd numbers.  In this case we are using patterns, if you are just starting out and it’s your first time trying this technique start with three different patterns in three different scales. Once you feel comfortable enough you can add more. 
2.Scale your Patterns
We want our patterns to complement one another not compete with each other or the space. Incorporate varying scales to the space, since we are starting off with three, choose one large, one medium and one small pattern to work with. When choosing where to put your patterns keep in mind the size of your space. Large patterns work best on large items, such as a wall, window treatment or area rug because the area or item is large enough to fit your entire pattern. Medium patterns work best on furniture and small patterns are perfect for those smaller items such as accent pieces.
3.Incorporate Your Color Scheme
Incorporate your color scheme in your patterns. Use your biggest and boldest pattern as your anchor by incorporating your main color. Use the other two prints for the rest of the colors in your space or to accent. If you are only using one color in your space try using different shades of the same color. An easy way to do this is to look for a fabric that has coordinating patterns available. Don’t forget to ground your space using solids as well as neutrals so that the space you are working in looks cohesive.
(via Pop Sugar)
4.What style are you going for?
Take into consideration the style you’ve chosen for your home when picking out patterns you want to mix. If you are a first timer sticking to one style is much easier. For example, traditional patterns mix well with other traditional patterns, versus mixing them with bold, modern prints. But if you are like me and you like taking walks on the wild side once in a while, and aren’t afraid of mixing styles then go for it! Just keep the other rules in mind when doing so. You never know that walk on the wild side can lead to an unexpected statement.
And the most important rule is Balance. Balance is key when mixing patterns!  Balance the scale of your patterns, and balance them equally throughout the space. This helps to avoid one side of your room looking heavier than the other.
Hope these rules will you on your next pattern mixing adventure, and remember it’s ok to break the rules sometimes. You know what looks good to you and what doesn’t, and what you are comfortable with. So if it looks good and feels good to you then go for it!

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