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Design Outstanding Rooms by Mixing Patterns

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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
If you love to decorate, than you already know how fun and exciting it can be. Whether you want to create a bedroom with serene Zen ambiance or a bold and vivacious eclectic living room, there are dozens of decor items and products that can be used to create a one-of-a-kind look and amp up visual impact. One way to create an outstanding and unique look in a room is mix patterns. You’re no longer limited to using solids and one pattern in a room. Here are a few ideas for exploring the use of multiple patterns to create a room that is all your own.

The Many Faces of Floral Patterns

Start looking at floral patterns and you’ll soon realize that the choices are virtually endless, however all these patterns can be categorized into three basic types: Large floral, realistic floral and whimsical floral designs. Whichever type you choose will impact other patterns used in the room. For example, whimsical floral patterns are the springboard for fun, casual designs perfectly paired with other capricious patterns like polka dots or squiggly stripes. Large floral patterns, like flouncy cabbage roses, are well suited to Victorian, cottage looks or shabby chic decors. Mix them freely with checks, stripes, plaids, solids and smaller florals for a charming cottage or country decor. Realistic florals lend themselves to formal looks and combine easily with plaids, solids, paisleys and other traditional patterns like hounds tooth or pinstripes. Of course, florals of any type always go with solids.

Plaids, from Perky to Proper

Plaids can be used to create looks as diverse as a perky preppy teen bedroom to a formal library complete with brandy snifters. Dark plaids, like burgundy and navy blue on cream, impart a traditional look; while carefree mixes like pink, lime green and white are youthful and fun. Plaids can be easily mixed with solids, of course, but also work well with other small prints. The general rule is the more muted the plaid, the bolder the coordinating fabric can be; the opposite is equally true. You can also mix and match plaids using color to blend and unify the scheme.

Polka Dots and Stripes

Stripes are one of the easiest patterns to mix with other patterns. For example, they can be combined with floral patterns and can actually have a calming, unifying effect when used in a room with multiple floral patterns. Classic pinstripes work like a dream in formal decors and pair easily with large florals or bold plaids. Big stripes with attitude are a fanciful counterpoint to whimsical florals and exuberant polka dots. Polka dots are always fun but understand that they always impart a casual ambiance so they shouldn’t be used in formal spaces. However, when you want to make a room lighthearted, fun or youthful, polka dots are the pattern of choice.

Mixing patterns adds unique visual appeal and helps to define whatever ambiance you are going for, from striking formality to bold contemporary. A good way to guarantee a pleasing and successful outcome, especially for a beginner, is to limit your choices to two main patterns and one or two solid colors.
Jilda Peterson from generously shares everything she knows about tree wall art and wrought iron wall decor.

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