Long before mixing prints became a trend, I was watching Sarah Richardson pull it off time and time again. She wouldn’t just mix 2 or 3 prints together. Sarah didn’t mess around. Sometimes she would have a pile of different prints in front of her and I would be amazed at how she was able to make them look like they were always made to be together. Not everyone has a natural talent for knowing which prints work well together, but with the right tools, you can definitely become a pro. Here are some tips on how you can begin to master the skill. Because I am telling you, once you do, you will never look back.
1. Size does matter: Use patterns of multiple scales and densities. When you do this, the prints visually balance each other out, so that one dominates the eye and becomes the focal point and the other one compliments it. If you don’t do this your eye won’t know where to go and it will make the whole thing look messy.
2. Use different pattern types: (floral, animal, stripe, geometric) Mixing different patterns together is key, and insures that two patterns won’t be competing with each other. One of my favourite combinations is floral and stripes.
3. Use a low contrast palette: By using your colour wheel wisely, you will ensure that the colours are harmonious. This doesn’t mean every pattern has to be the same colour, but the colours need to compliment each other well.
4. Start with a neutral foundation: It’s best to have a neutral foundation when mixing prints so as not to overdo it. This means your base (walls, couch etc..) should not overpower the prints. They will act like your blank canvas.
5. Find a jumping off point: Find a fabric that appeals to your individual style and use it as your guide. Pull colours from it and find prints that contrast well with it using the tips above. It makes the whole process easier when you have something to compare too and go back too.
How do you feel about mixing prints? Would you feel confident enough to incorporate it into your home?