Mixing and matching throw pillows with varying patterns and textures creates a fun and cozy dorm room bed design. Painted hexagon cork boards cover the wall with an artistic display and highlight the bright color scheme.
Yellow is used as the primary color throughout this bright and cheery living room to bring together a mix of patterns and textures. Even though the space has a high ceiling, the wood orb chandelier makes the ceiling seem lower and the room feel more cozy.
Not the nursery we grew up with, Pattern Play is a result of the client’s love of graphic patterns and color. This long room lacked architectural features. What seemed like a negative became the perfect playground for the offbeat mix of patterns, texture and color. By turning the room upside down (stripes on ceiling), designer Karen Wolf created a focal point, leading to the giant window showcasing the star of the room -Dwell Studios “Brushed Dot” fabric with peacock and yellow polka dots. The main challenge in the space was a balancing act on how to make all these patterns and colors work.
Tricks of the Trade:
1. Create a focal point in the room.
2. Pop your accent color at least three times around the room. Note the mustard yellow.
3. Ground your space with neutrals to provide a place for the eye to rest. (Crème shag and gray Jim Thompson textured wallpaper).
4. Use black, white or gray. There is always a place for these classic colors. Ferm Living Half Moon Wallpaper.
5. Change up scale of patterns. Medium sized wallpaper print, large stripes and small bedding prints.
6. Mix up the patterns: Circles, Stripes, Brushstrokes, Chevron, Ditsy, Solid and Abstract.
7. Throw in an unexpected color – Red art.
8. Play with sheen and lustre, high to low.
9. Have fun and let yourself go. Design is a layering process and sometimes you need to delayer, start over and layer again. Mistakes happen and that is OK.
A trio of patterns and colors in the bedding and pillows work seamlessly together in the master bedroom. Simple brown and white nightstands, each with a black lamp, books and succulent, flank the canopy bed.
Mint green, coral and soft blue create a pleasing pastel color palette. A large tufted coffee table with green stripes compliments the wall coloring. Coral striped chairs, green plaid chairs and a white sofa face into the centered coffee table. Decorative throw pillows and table lamps spread the pink hue from the chairs to the opposite side of the room for a finished design.
Oversized tufted ottomans in dark gray create a cozy, comfortable sitting area paired with the slipcovered white sofa. Zebra-patterned linen draperies hung on oversized rods draw the eye up, heightening the space. French doors and lots of windows provide plenty of natural light to keep the room feeling open and spacious.
The key to mixing mismatched patterns? Maintain the same color palette throughout the pieces, as demonstrated in this chic bedroom. From the graphic valance, to the striped pillows and checked ottomans, a red, white and blue palette is intact.
My textile collection, Studio NYC, evokes a naturally-inspired yet urban vibe that allows me to mix and match patterns like Current and Riverbed, shown here on the napkins and seat cushions that are as at home in the country as they are in this home in the city.
Add depth and visual interest to your fire pit area by mixing patterns with pillows and throws. This will add more of a collected look, and to do it without becoming too busy, stick with a tight palette and a range of small, medium and large patterns.
Complete your small space by mixing patterns. In this bedroom, Ikat print curtains pair well with a tribal influenced mirror that hangs above the bed. Use throw pillows to your advantage, and add visual interest by mixing similarly colored pillows that have interesting patterns. The chevron pillows here are set off by a nostalgic, knitted throw in the middle. Unify the space by matching a muted blue wall color with quilted bed linens to add texture, but keep the pops of color from overpowering the room.
A gorgeous wall tapestry featuring fuchsia and burgundy flowers sets a colorful backdrop for the mix of patterns and rich hues in this eclectic living room. A mustard yellow sofa is decorated with a collection of throw pillows. A pair of chairs with deep red cushions surround a clear coffee table over the faded rug.
A neutral, modern, leather sofa is brightened with vivid throw pillows. A multicolor, striped rug is touched by square floor cushions creating a mix of pattern and bright color to add life to the white base of this living room design. The contemporary coffee table features a gold wave movement for the legs under the circular, white tabletop.
A glowing gold light fixture is a contemporary twist on a disco ball casting cubes of light throughout this bedroom. A mix of patterned throw pillows decorate the blue seat cushion of the built in bench. A large abstract art canvas is mounted opposite the bed with upholstered pattern headboard and white linens.