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A How-To Guide on Mixing Patterns in Decor 

Mixing patterns in home decor is an art that, when done well, can transform a room into a vibrant and harmonious space. The fear of clashing often deters homeowners, but with a few key principles, you can confidently integrate various patterns to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your living environment. Here’s how to get started: 


Start with a Colour Scheme 

The first step in successfully mixing patterns is to decide on a colour palette. This will serve as the foundation of your design, ensuring that the patterns you choose have a cohesive link. Opt for one or two base colours and consider their variations. This approach will help maintain a unified look even when you introduce multiple patterns. 


Vary the Scale of Patterns 

Mixing patterns of different scales prevents the decor from becoming overwhelming. A large-scale print, like broad stripes or a bold floral design, pairs well with a finer, more delicate pattern. For example, a brightly coloured sofa, like a blue fabric corner sofa, can be beautifully complemented by subtle patterns on cushions, or a fine herringbone armchair. 


Balance with Neutrals 

Neutrals play a crucial role in balancing out the boldness of multiple patterns. Use neutral shades in your background elements, such as walls and floors, or in larger furniture pieces. This will allow the patterns to stand out without overpowering the space. 


Distribute Patterns Evenly 

When placing patterns throughout the room, think about balance. Distribute them evenly to avoid clustering too many bold patterns in one area while leaving another too sparse. This distribution helps in creating a rhythm that guides the eye smoothly around the room. 


Experiment with Textures 

Integrating different textures adds depth and interest to your space. A velvet armchair with a floral design can be beautifully juxtaposed with a sleek, fabric corner sofa in a contrasting colour. Textural differences can make patterns pop and bring life to the overall decor. 


By following these tips, you can master the art of mixing patterns, ensuring your decor is both exciting and harmoniously balanced. Whether it’s in the selection of cushions, drapes, or upholstered furniture, these guidelines will help you create a space that feels curated and uniquely yours. 

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