I am definitely no expert when it comes to fashion, but I think in most cases, trends seen in fashion are often seen in home decor. One of these trends lately seems to be mixing patterns. Whether it is stripes, polka dots, animal print, tribal print, plaid, or something else, it is really easy to pair patterns into great combinations. For me personally, whether it be when I choose textiles for a design project or my outfit in the morning, I like to lay things out and experiment until it look right. But I also thought for a fun post I would share a few techniques that might make the process a little easier.
[Caitlin Wilson Textiles]
Pick your focal point. Your main pattern, at least in design, is a medium to large scale and sometimes encompasses the colors you plan to use in the other textiles to tie everything together. Any additional patterns should be a different scale, usually smaller.
When mixing patterns, in fashion and decor, each one should be a different scale. If you have a small-scale and complex tribal or animal print, for example, pair it with a large-scale simplified pattern, like stripes. I also like mixing “hard” and “soft” patterns. This means something rigid, like stripes or plaid, with something more organic, like a floral.
Variety! Especially in color. Patterns should have some color variation, or be in the same color family. I also really like having variety in texture and sheen. A silk textile that is very shiny has little texture. It looks great with something of a heavy texture, like fur or some other nubby fabric.
When decorating a single room, 3-5 patterns is usually plenty. In fashion, definitely less! Some people say odd numbers are best, but I would disagree. I think even numbers can work equally as well. And lastly, experiment! It never hurts to play with something new just to see what would happen. Try on that crazy combination of an outfit that you think would look awful, and if it does, take it off and try something else. Be daring! How else will you know?
[Mabley Handler Interior Design]
I hope that helps! If you have any additional tips, please share!