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Mixing Patterns and Textures: Tips for Creating a Visually Interesting Space

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If you’re looking to give your home a fresh new look, consider mixing and matching different patterns and textures. Mixing patterns can be intimidating, but when done correctly, it can create a visually interesting and dynamic space. Here are some tips to help you create a cohesive and eye-catching look.

Start with a Color Scheme

The key to mixing patterns and textures is to start with a color scheme. Choose a color palette that you love and that will tie all of your patterns together. It’s essential to choose a dominant color that will be the main color in your scheme. Once you’ve chosen your dominant color, choose two or three secondary colors to complement it. Use these colors in your patterns and textures to create a cohesive look.

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Mix Large and Small-Scale Patterns

When mixing patterns, it’s important to mix large and small-scale patterns. Mixing different-sized patterns creates balance and adds interest to a space. If you have a large pattern on your sofa, consider adding small-scale patterns in your pillows and curtains. Mixing patterns of different scales will create a dynamic look that’s not too overwhelming.

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Stick with a Consistent Theme

While mixing patterns, it’s crucial to stick with a consistent theme. For example, if you’re going for a bohemian look, stick with patterns that have an organic, nature-inspired feel. If you’re going for a more modern look, stick with patterns that are geometric and clean-lined. Mixing patterns that have a consistent theme will create a cohesive look that doesn’t feel chaotic.

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Mix Textures

Mixing textures is just as important as mixing patterns. Combining different textures can create a layered and interesting look. When choosing textures, consider mixing rough and smooth textures, like a chunky knit throw on a smooth leather sofa. You can also mix matte and shiny textures, like a shiny metallic lamp on a matte wood table. Mixing textures will add depth and visual interest to your space.

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Choose One Standout Pattern

When mixing patterns, it’s crucial to choose one standout pattern. This pattern will be the focal point of your space and will set the tone for the rest of your patterns. Choose a bold pattern, like a large floral or a plaid print, and use it sparingly. You can use this pattern in your pillows or your curtains, but avoid using it in too many places, or it will become overwhelming.

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Stick with Neutral Patterns

If you’re still feeling intimidated by mixing patterns, start by sticking with neutral patterns. Neutral patterns, like stripes and polka dots, are easy to mix and match and will create a cohesive look. Choose a neutral color scheme, like black and white or beige and cream, and mix and match patterns in these colors. You can add a pop of color with your accent pieces, like your pillows or your curtains.

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Add Solids

When mixing patterns, it’s important to add solids to balance out the look. Solids will create a visual break between patterns and will add a calming effect to your space. Use solids in your larger furniture pieces, like your sofa or your armchair. You can also use solids in your accent pieces, like your throw blankets or your curtains.

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Mixing patterns and textures is a fun and creative way to add interest to your space. When done correctly, it can create a visually interesting and dynamic space that’s not too overwhelming. Remember to start with a color scheme, mix large and small-scale patterns, stick with a consistent theme, mix textures, choose one standout pattern, stick with neutral patterns, and add solids to balance out the look. With these tips, you’ll be able to create a cohesive and eye-catching space that you are going to love coming home to.

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