Playing with patterns to accent your small space living situation can be a fun way to add layers of sophistication to your room. But figuring out what works, what clashes, and what complements can drive a person crazy.
When you’re mixing patterns, you’ll have a main pattern, a secondary pattern, and maybe even a third or a fourth. Starting from top to bottom, choosing what works for each takes a little bit of skill and requires different considerations. Here’s everything you need to know to do it right.
Your main pattern is going to anchor the space and is the pattern on which all others will be based. This pattern dominates the space, so choose it carefully. Be sure not to overload only one portion of your room with the main pattern. Your main pattern should be spread throughout and define your small space living area.
Your secondary pattern should accent the main pattern and complement it while also providing contrast. While the color pattern should be in the same family, the size of the secondary pattern should be smaller. If your main pattern has large bold lines, consider a smaller floral pattern for the secondary one.
You can layer as many patterns as you like in your space. You can use three, four, five, or even more. The world is your oyster. Additional patterns should always have some similarities to either the main pattern or the secondary pattern and are a great way to add a punch to a piece of furniture, such as an armchair or sofa. This ensures cohesiveness with all of your patterns even when the color, texture, or size do not match.
When deciding on what patterns to mix and match in your home design, it’s important to be able to visualize your patterns together. This can be difficult if you’re sourcing them from different stores or different websites. Develop your look like a professional by using a mood board. A mood board is a multifunctional arrangement of images that project a style or concept. While there are lots of mood board apps and websites, Pinterest works great for creating one. You can see your patterns side by side and decide what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to get creative and have fun.