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mixing patterns and textures
Have you ever noticed how the designer rooms
you see in magazines and on TV include a mix
of patterns and textures. Mixing patterns and
textures, when it is done well, gives a high-end,
designer look to any room. And it’s actually easy
to do. So don’t panic. You’ve got this.
Follow these simple rules to mix patterns and
textures in your room:
1) Choose three or five patterns- Odd numbers
always work best! Three is the minimum number
of patterns you should mix for a designer look.
Five also works well, but only if you follow the
rest of these rules as well.
2) Choose a jumping off point first- If the “crucial
element” for your room has already been selected
AND it includes a pattern, then you are good to
go! That crucial element will serve as your starting
point for mixing patterns in your room. If you
haven’t yet selected your crucial element, what
are you waiting for? You really need to pick that
before you can make any significant progress
in your room. If you have selected your crucial
element and it does not have a pattern, then
it’s time to hunt for something with a pattern
that you want in your room. It could be curtains,
wallpaper, a rug or a throw pillow. But you have
to pick something with a pattern before you can
move on.
3) Pay attention to scale- Be sure to vary the size
of your patterns. Every room should include a
large-scale pattern. It doesn’t matter what the
pattern is, but the scale of it should be large
(think large flowers or wide stripes). The second
pattern should be roughly half the size of the
first pattern. The third (and fifth patterns, if you
are going for 5) should be even smaller than the
first two patterns and should act as accents in
the room.
Here’s another example of varying pattern scale
using the fabrics I’ve pulled together to use in
our guest room.

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