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7 Tips for Harmonious Pattern Mixing in Your Interiors

7 Tips for Harmonious Pattern Mixing in Your Interiors

We love adding colourful patterns to your space here at Eva Sonaike as it can enhance its character and ambiance. However, combining patterns can be a daunting task. In this article, we'll provide you with seven easy tips, that we use when creating our schemes, to simplify the process of mixing and matching patterns, allowing you to create a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing feel in your home .

1. Different Sizes: Mixing patterns of varying sizes is key to achieving harmony and balance. Combining a large pattern with a small one creates a seamless blend. Use the large pattern as the dominant element, while smaller patterns can be used as accents to emphasise the larger one.

2. Similar Colours: To avoid overwhelming your space, ensure that the patterns share harmonious colours. Choose colours that fall within the same palette or family. Harmonising color pairs include blues and greens, as well as oranges and yellows. Apply the 60:30:10 rule for balanced color distribution: allocate 60% to the dominant color, 30% to the secondary color, and 10% to accentuate the primary color.

3. Combine Simple and Complex Patterns: Avoid overwhelming your space by overloading it with complex and intricate patterns.To create balance throw in a simple pattern that complements a more complex pattern. This approach eases the presence of complex patterns while still highlighting their beauty. For example, stripes paired with floral patterns create a harmonious combination that balances simplicity with intricacy.


4. Less is More: If you prefer a minimalist approach, limit the number of patterns in your space. Focus on using two to three different patterns or opt for statement pieces with patterns in an otherwise minimalist setting. This approach allows you to express your personality while maintaining a comfortable and visually appealing space.

5. Create Contrast: Contrast helps draw attention to specific areas or elements within a space. Utilise colors to create contrast by playing with light and dark shades. For example, pair a light grey room with a vibrant red couch or beanbag. This contrast directs attention to the couch while maintaining the overall coolness of the space.


6. Trust Your Eyes: Take into account the visual balance of patterns and colors within your space. While personal preferences are important, consider how your choices will affect the overall look and feel. Trust your eyes to guide you, as they can easily identify any lack of flow or disconnect between patterns and colors.

7. Bring in Neutrals: When working with bold print patterns like animal prints or florals, it's essential to maintain balance. Introduce neutral elements to break up the intensity of the patterns. Placing sumptuous velvet cushions between colourful patterned cushions can help create a balanced and inviting space.

By following these seven tips, you can confidently mix and match patterns in your  design scheme, avoiding chaos and creating a visually harmonious and personalised space. Embrace the vibrant world of patterns while maintaining balance and cohesion in your home.

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