How To: Mix and Match Patterns in Decor

February 11, 2020


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A little bit of pattern goes a long way to add interest and detail to a space. Like anything, though, there’s a fine line between adding patterns that enhance a room vs. going too far and overwhelming a room. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to incorporate patterns into your home to make it 100% your style and tasteful, too.

Start with a neutral base

This is easy for us, because we love our neutrals – but really, starting with a neutral space is always the easiest option. Plus, it’s way easier to swap out decor when your style or the season changes than it is to repaint walls and buy all-new furniture. Pick a neutral color you can see yourself loving for a long time. It doesn’t have to be white or grey; you can also try beiges, olives or even black for a bold statement wall.

Pick a couple accent colors

Now we get to start having fun! Pick a couple accent colors you want to decorate with. Again, don’t go too crazy here. Pick a couple complimentary colors, or one color in several shades. We see a lot of people pick mostly muted colors and include smaller pops of brighter colors, like yellow or gold.

Try wallpaper

We love incorporating wallpaper into our projects whenever possible! The key is not to overdo it – an accent wall or a small room (we especially love wallpaper in bathrooms and laundry rooms!) is the perfect amount to make a statement without the room feeling too busy.

Less is more

Start with mostly neutral pieces, especially for larger furniture, and then add some patterns in. Think a patterned accent chair, rugs, throw blankets and pillows, and wall art. Again, stick within your color scheme to keep everything looking cohesive.

Mix large and small prints

To keep the room from feeling too overwhelming, make sure to have a good mix of larger prints and smaller details. You can even use some of the same patterns (or type of pattern – florals, etc.) in different sizes and colors to keep everything looking coordinated.

Try patterned flooring

Whether it’s a bold patterned rug, more subtle carpet or a fun tile in the bathroom or laundry room, a patterned floor can be a perfect pop of interest in an otherwise neutral room. Tile is one of our favorite ways to do this!

Patterns are a great way to personalize your home and add so much flair! Tell us – where do you incorporate patterns in your home? Do you prefer lots of color and pattern, or to keep things more simple? Make sure to follow along with us on Instagram @AlmaHomes to stay up to date with all the latest trends!

Photography: Laura Rae Photography, Spacecrafting Photography, Sarah Olfelt Photo, Alma Homes

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