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If you are looking to add interest, color, and depth to a room in your home, while giving it a custom look, mixing patterns and prints is the way to go. To make this work however, there are a few guidelines to follow that will help create a palette that is perfect for you.

The right number of patterns

When it comes to mixing patterns, odd numbers usually look best. It is best to start with three different patterns in three different scales. Once you’ve become a master at mixing patterns, take it a step further and try for five!

Experimenting with scales

When picking out patterned and printed fabrics, it is important to incorporate varying scales so they are not competing with each other. The goal is to pick out varying patterns so that one’s eye can move around with making things look messy. For this step, you’ll want to stay with the rule of three and pick one large, one medium and one small pattern.

Put similar patterns and styles together

Do you have a defined style in your home? If so, you may want to think about the types of patterns that you mix together. When using traditional patterns, they tend to mix better with other traditional patterns, as opposed to mixing them with more bold, contemporary prints. However, this does not mean that you can’t mix different patterns and styles. A lot of times an unexpected pattern will give a pop to the room.

Balance is important

When it comes to mixing patterns, balance is very important. If this is your first time mixing prints, try putting together swatches or different items, and then take a step back to see how they look grouped together. Be sure to balance patterns equally throughout your room so there is not a lop-sided feeling. When it comes to balance, practice makes perfect, so take your time and make sure the room looks exactly the way you envisioned it.

Breaking the rules

While these guidelines can be helpful, remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If something looks good to you, don’t be afraid to break the rules and go outside the box!

Mixing prints and patterns in your home is a great way to give it that lived-in and welcoming feeling. If this is something you are new to, these guidelines will help get you on the right path.

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