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.
Pattern mixing is a designer's trick for bringing motion and depth into a space. From the overscaled, lattice-like shape of the FLOR tiles to the diamond stripes of the duvet cover to the geometric print of the throw pillows, pattern is used to draw the eye up from the ground, onto the bed and up to the abstract art.
Patterns are harmoniously woven together to create a colorful master bedroom design. The key to adding different patterns to a room is to choose different prints and colors. A striped nightstand contrasts with the interlocking scroll design on the yellow wallpaper and ties the pink of the ottoman with the pink tweed pillows. A soft, pattern in the gray-and-white window treatments parallel the colors of the bedding and acts as a backdrop for the pale, blue armchair.
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.
In the master bedroom, Naomi’s skill at blending patterns is once again on full display. The bed pillows, headboard and sheets all boast unique yet related patterns. A mud cloth bolster and embroidered suzani pillow add texture to the bed. And a custom headboard has been upholstered in a deep gray fabric. The neutral heavy color palette weaves the various pieces together.
A mix of patterns brings designer flair to this bed ensemble. While layering different prints may seem intimidating, interior designers say the key to getting it right is to achieve the proper mix of scale. To keep the layered look from becoming too busy, use a mix of small-, medium- and large-scale patterns and stick with a cohesive color scheme. By keeping the colors similar yet slightly off from one another, the result is sure to be successful.
Yellow and gray patterned curtains pull back to let in natural light over the gray-brown sectional. Throw pillows compliment the curtain colors and decorate with a mix of patterns. A three-leg coffee table beautifully suits the retro vibe of the design and leaves plenty of open floor space for a comfortable finish.
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.
A formal dining room in gray is highlighted by soft gold accents and an eclectic blue-and-gold sideboard. A mix of patterns from the polka dot curtains to the dining chairs with a leaf motif add visual interest to the space.
This small powder room has big personality. The floating vanity opens up the space and allows the eye to move easily and enjoy the chic chevron flooring. The wallpaper's vertical pattern moves the eye up which makes the room appear larger. According to designer Susan Jamieson "the wallpaper looks like porcupine quills and is a playful and perfect juxtaposition to the chevron floor. It's really okay to mix patterns in small spaces as long as you create visual balance and keep the eye moving."
Blue and green toile prints combine with chevron pattern headboard in this eclectic boy's bedroom. A small basketball hoop is mounted to the wall, and a basket of balls sits by the bed for playing before bedtime.
A bright pink pillow pops against the navy blue and white color palette of this eclectic bedroom. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn mixes traditional fabrics, like the floral duvet cover, with contemporary ones, like the graphic-patterned pillows.