Mixing patterns and textures - how to achieve a cohesive look

Mixing patterns and textures can be overwhelming, but it’s a great way to add interest and personality to any space. It can make a room feel more dynamic and visually exciting.

However, if it’s not done correctly, it can also make a space look chaotic and unorganized.

In this blog post, I’ll share my pro tips and tricks on how to mix patterns and textures to achieve a cohesive look.

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Start with a colour palette

When mixing patterns and textures, it’s essential to start with a colour palette.
Choose 3 colours that you want to incorporate into your space and use them as a guide when selecting patterns and textures.

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Pro tip:

Use the 60:30:10 rule to get the ratio of your 3 colours nice and balanced.

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Sticking to only 3 colours will help ensure that everything ties together and creates a cohesive look. You can also use varying shades and tones of these colours to add depth and interest.

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    Mix patterns and textures in different scales

    Another tip for mixing patterns and textures is to vary the scale of the patterns. Pair large-scale patterns with smaller-scale ones to create balance and visual interest.

    The same goes for textures. Mixing different textures, like smooth and rough, can add dimension to a space. For example, you could pair a chunky knit throw with a sleek leather sofa.

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    Use solids as a base

    When mixing patterns and textures, it’s important to have a solid base.
    This will give you a neutral background and prevent the space from feeling too busy.

    Use solid-coloured furniture pieces, like a sofa or rug, as a base and layer patterns and textures on top of them.
    This will help create a cohesive look and prevent the space from feeling overwhelming.

    Mixing patterns and textures can be a fun and exciting way to add personality and interest to any space.
    Remember to have fun and experiment with different patterns and textures to find the perfect mix for your space.

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