Back to Basics with Bill Mixing Patterns and Textiles

One of the ways that I love to elevate a space in my clients’ homes is by mixing patterns and textiles to achieve a layered look. In my experience, many homeowners are scared to pair different patterns together out of fear that they will clash. Here are my tips to ensure you choose complementary fabrics, patterns, and textiles to take your space to the next level:

Choose a Focal Point
The easiest way to start mixing patterns is by choosing one item as the focal point of the room. As examples, this could include sofas, chairs, area rugs, or drapes. Choose a large print to help create the main focal point in the room. In this example, the eye goes directly to the chevron-patterned chairs instead of the rug or throw pillows. While the patterns are different, they work cohesively together in the design.

Choose Complimentary Color Combinations
A good rule of thumb to use once you’re starting out is to choose fabrics in a similar color scheme. This means choosing hues that are the same color intensity, so that the colors don’t clash and overwhelm the space. You also can’t go wrong with choosing patterns in shades of the same color as shown here.

Remember the 60/30/10 Rule
If you haven’t heard of the 60/30/10 rule, it’s a great starting point when mixing patterns in one room. This means use 60 percent of your décor and furnishings in a large pattern, 30 percent in another, complementary pattern, and 10 percent of a third pattern to be used as an accent. To add more dimension, you can also throw in a solid piece in a coordinating color like the black throw pillows shown in this bedroom.