How to Decorate with Pattern
Although, I had a formal design education, finding the perfect pattern combinations can be challenging even for those of us who have spent years practicing design. Finding out what works and what doesn’t can be a lengthy process. However, it can be made less stressful if you follow some simple steps which will help you create the most stunning fabric combinations.
Pick Your Color - A color scheme can be driven by a favorite fabric, wallcovering or even a painting. If you don’t have any of these as “pattern springboards,” simply build inspiration files on Pinterest or collect tear sheets from magazines. You’ll soon see a common thread to help guide you. It’s a technique I often use with clients.
(Via Lacefield Designs)
Choosing the Scale - There are three different sizes of scale: small, medium & large. When mixing prints vary the scale size. Each pattern you choose should be gradually smaller. Don’t pick patterns that overwhelm each other, rather those that work well together. For example if you are going with a bold wallpaper then choose smaller scale patterns in the pillows and drapery. Also, pattern should always be balanced with solid color for harmony in a roomscape.
(Via Wild Chairy)
Add Contrast - The look and feel of a fabric will have a role when playing with pattern and can enhance the effect of a pattern. Texture isn’t as important when developing a pattern scheme but it can be when decorating with a more neutral palette. Texture can add another layer to a space, and visual interest. For example mixing heavier grade linens with a velvet adds a little “pop” to an interior.