Recipe for Mixing Pattern and Color


I consider mixing pattern and color as a bit like cooking: you need the correct mix of ingredients for something to taste perfectly. In the event that you need fudge brownies, two 2 eggs will do, but for more cake-like brownies, three eggs is better. The same goes for the ingredients you use for inside plan. Using solid fabrics will give you a more current feel, though prints can be more customary.

As an interior designer, I am far more OK with my design recipe than I am in the kitchen with any cooking recipe. For me, cooking is always an experiment that is sometimes a successful, tasty dinner, but more often than not, not actually the thing I was expecting. My process for designing is thankfully never a surprise, but rather a simple arrangement with great results.

I see my customers getting nervous and apprehensive when it comes time to pick fabrics, wallpapers and area rugs with patterns. It is by all accounts the spot the vast majorities stall out. They need to make interest without making a mess of busy pattern and color. As a result, most people without guidance or knowing any better “play it safe” and end up with bland, boring and uninspired spaces.

My recipe for mixing patterns for your home is basic: you need to mix the scale of the patterns and coordinate the colors. You also need to get the measure of each example right. I once helped a customer reupholster her living room after she had done it herself. This client had the right ingredients but in some unacceptable sums. She generally realized she didn’t like the result of what she did, but she couldn’t see where she had gone wrong.

The essential recipe mix is a texture, a little as well as medium scale print, and a huge, bolder print that has at any rate one color consistently the same in all. For example, I usually choose a texture or subtle tone on tone for the biggest part in the room that is maybe your sofa.