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Simple Ways to Mix Patterns

Written on January 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm , by

I adore fresh patterns in bright and bold colors and layering them together brings personality to your spaces at home.  If you’re in doubt as to how to successfully mix multiple textiles in your home, here are a few simple tricks to use so that the patterns you love all work in harmony!  

Area rugs ground a space or sitting area and can be used to set the color palette so they are one decorative element should be considered first, not last, when deciding on pattern.  This striped rug  is a jumping off point for this breakfast nook and by pulling colors from the palette established by the stripes, you are free to mix in simple florals and geometric patterns from the same color family.   

 

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If you’re more comfortable using neutral tones in your spaces, then layering patterns is one way to keep it interesting.  Mix a large scale graphic pattern (as seen in the rug) with a floral in a slightly smaller scale (notice the sofa), and layer one additional geometric print (the upholstered chairs) for a pulled together look.

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Sticking to one color gives you permission to mix just about any style of fabrics, like this classic damask mixed with a blue and white buffalo check.  Modern floral pillows on the chair freshen the space when more traditional patterns hang from the windows and are on display inside the hutch.

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Instead of blue, this bedroom is layered in shades of coral but the same principle of monochromatic color applies.  Note how the smaller scale print in the window panels is a pleasant juxtaposition next to the large scale medallion motif on the duvet and shams. 

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Five different fabrics in the shade of green are layered in this open concept living room connected to the kitchen proving the point that the simplest way to mix and mingle your geometrics, stripes, prints, or floral patterns is to keep them in the same color palette.  The vibrant textile pillow in the center incorporates the citrus shades from other room accents to create a cohesive space. 

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Analagous colors are hues adjacent on the color wheel and since they’re neighbors, they blend together well.  Vibrant pinks and oranges make good mates just like cooler toned greens and blues.

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Finally, neutral walls and furnishings always allow for more eclectic mixing of colorful textiles.

 eclectic mix of patterns bhg

To learn more about pairing patterns and colors in complementary or tertiary combinations, be sure to grab Better Homes & Gardens’ Confidence With COLOR – it’s a complete guide for anyone seeking to mix color and pattern throughout the home and one of my go to resources for pulling together prints to create a cohesive space!

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Summer Pillows with Pizazz!

Written on May 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm , by

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of the summer season, and we’re all looking forward to more time spent outdoors.  With all that lingering you’ll want to do outside, it’s time to add a layer of comfort to your porches, patios, and balconies in the form of summertime pillows and cushions in bright colors and fun motifs! 

bhg summer toss pillows

 

Nothing says summer like mixing bright colors and patterns to add a punch of pizazz to your outdoor spaces.

 

summer outdoor pillows

 

Layer your pillows on your outdoor furniture and benches to add comfort for enjoying the gardens and views in your own yard.   

 

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Keep extras corralled in textural woven baskets for when additional guests arrive!

 

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Looking for a few outdoor pillows to add a pop of color or whimsy?  Here are a few I found while looking around that are sure to give you the perfect punctuation to your outdoor seating areas!

 

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From top left: Super Paradise, Pop O Color on Etsy, $75; Ipanema Ikat Ottoman, World Market, $72; Trina Turk Hibiscus, Nina Von, $65; Côte d’Azur Tile Pillow, Restoration Hardware, $54; Crab Throw Pillow, World Market, $25; Bird of Paradise, World Market, $23; Outdoor Sailboat Print, Lands End, $30; Sun Gold by Thomas Paul, Layla Grace, $70; Turquoise Floral, Target, $25; Starfish Java, Burke Decor, $132;  Bertie Outdoor Floor Cushion, My Pillow Place, $50; Nautilus Pillow, Pottery Barn, $25.50; Nautical Rope Pillow, Williams Sonoma Home, $59; Mojito Breeze, Chloe & Olive, $29;  Stripe Outdoor Cube, Pottery Barn, $159

 

Happy summer decorating! 

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