Colors and patterns: How to coordinate in your favorite spaces

The result of successfully mixing color and pattern is an eye-catching effect few other design elements can achieve. The right combination can create cohesion, a sense of balance, and can even help define your space’s style. While there’s no wrong way to blend color and pattern, there are, however, a few simple tips for harmoniously unifying the two.


One of easiest ways to work with pattern is to build your design around it. Begin by selecting a pattern that speaks to you and use it as the framework for concepting the rest of your design. Consider the theme of your pattern and carry it throughout the room. Here, a floral theme is at play in the accent chairs, wall art and throw pillow, which makes the space feel inspired and intentional. Honor the colors and shapes from your original pattern by bringing in complimentary accents to tie it all together.


Love a good neutral palette but feel like it’s just missing something? Stay true to your hue and anchor your aesthetic with a natural colored yet patterned area rug. This room’s calming style is complimented by the rug’s large-scale pattern; it casts a greater surface area and ties into the design as whole. Small-scale patterns tend to be more concentrated and disruptive. Choosing the right pattern all depends on what you are wanting to achieve.


Playing with pattern doesn’t always mean bringing the drama. It is often a way to break up a one-tonal color scheme. Here, the pattern on the accent chair and throw pillows trick the eye into thinking they’re textural elements, creating visual variation and depth. Another way this monochromatic room sees relief is through metallic accents. They add a lustrous shine, and contrast to this design.


A common reason for not experimenting with bold patterns is the assumption that too much attention might be given to the printed piece. A pro way of avoiding this scenario is by using symmetry in your space. Having two patterned pieces across from one another helps to serve as a line of continuity throughout your room, creating an aesthetically pleasing and balanced design.


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