4 Tips on How to Mix Patterns

I didn’t witness Emily Henderson’s rise to HGTV fame on “DesignStar.” And I’ve never stopped watching “House Hunters” or “Property Brothers” long enough to catch her next show, “Secrets from a Stylist.” But I have been reading her blog over the past few months. I suppose my ears perked up a bit and I identified with her when she started sprinkling in personal pregnancy, birth, newborn and new mom talk, in addition to stellar interior design advice and DIY projects. Whatever the reason, I’m taken with her. And this video about how to mix patterns is a really useful one. Watch.

Yeah. I haven’t exactly been playing by these design rules. Certainly not as I have been putting patterns and colors together for you guys lately. The fabric colors I chose may have worked, but I was clearly pitting patterns against one another. So the biggest take-away I got from Emily’s video is to balance the scale of patterns. If you’ve got one big floral or geometric pattern, avoid another print of similar size and instead incorporate something much smaller in scale.  So let’s try this again. This time around I took fabric and color palette requests from a few readers, and with Emily’s advice in mind, tried to keep it simple while incorporating texture with faux fur, velvet and microsuede. Go easy.

Blue and Green Color Scheme

Pattern Mixing

Top Left: Suburban Home Westminster Aqua/Green Fabric

Top Right: New Indigo Blue Irish Linen Fabric

Bottom Left: Off White Shag Fur Fabric

Bottom Right: Suburban Home Lana Aqua Fabric

Blue and Yellow Color Scheme


Top Left: Waverly Pom Pom Play Spa Fabric

Top Right: Bluestone Irish Linen Fabric

Bottom Left: Waverly Full Circle Sterling Fabric

Bottom Right: Covington Woven Ticking Daffodil Fabric

Turquoise, Beige and Grey Color Scheme


Top Left: Braemore Gorgeous Pearl Fabric

Top Right: Portfolio Lanvin Turquoise Fabric

Bottom Left: JB Martin Como Velvet Grey Cloud Fabric

Bottom Right: Richloom Blossom Mist Fabric

Blue and Orange Color Scheme


Top Left: Portfolio Lutron Denim Fabric

Top Right: Orange Irish Linen Fabric

Bottom Left: Navy Blue Microsuede Fabric

Bottom Right: Williamsburg Deane Embroidery Smoke Fabric

Blue and Cream Color Scheme


Top Left: Waverly Rose Sonata Robins Egg Fabric

Top Right: Wine Microsuede Fabric

Bottom Left: P. Kaufmann Slubby Basket Sugarcane Fabric

Bottom Right: Waverly Stripe Ensemble Robins Egg Fabric

Blue and Rust Color Schemes


Top Left: Waverly Tucker Resist Indigo Fabric

Top Right: Rust Microsuede Fabric

Bottom Left: Fabricut Trend 02133 Sesame Fabric

Bottom Right: Waverly Etienne Indigo Fabric

Black and Gold Color Scheme

Black Gold

Top Left: Swavelle / Mill Creek Valdosta Blackbird Fabric

Top Right: Richloom Rave Cherry Fabric

Bottom Left: Fabricut Trend 02133 Sesame Fabric

Bottom Right: Covington Tynedale Black/Tan Fabric

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