9 Jun 2014

Pattern Personality with Thou Swell

Tips for mixing patterns via Thou Swell on Buckets & Spades
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Hey friends, it's Kevin from Thou Swell. While Mat's away I'm stopping by to offer some decorating tips to make mixing patterns a less daunting endeavor. It's easy to stick to solids and simple color palettes when decorating, but mixing patterns and textures can make a space feel more personal and inviting, though presents a more challenging task! Use these tips to simplify the process, and you'll be a pro when it comes to adding personality to your space.

Start From the Bottom
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Start with the floor. When layering two rugs, it's best to only pick one with a pattern. Keep the solid rug on the bottom, and add a pattern with a smaller one. In the photo above, a large jute area rug sets the stage for a small Kilim rug with a bold pattern. If you'd like large-scale pattern, go for a Persian or Oriental rug. 

Anchor Your Palette

Adding a solid color will tie all the patterns together. Find a common hue or complementary color within the patterns you're using and add a solid in this color family. Don't go matchy-matchy, but adding a solid will keep things cohesive. In the photo above, blue throws complement the red in all the throw pillows. 
Pay Attention to Scale
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Patterns can be small and intricate, or big and bold. Layer small scale patterns with bigger ones to keep them from competing. Different scales with provide a bit of contrast to distinguish patterns as separate decor elements. 

I hope these three tricks demystify the pattern pairing process, and leave you confident to add more punch to your space! 

Thanks to Kevin from Thou Swell for today's post - You can follow him on Twitter here.

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  1. Great tips Kevin!! can't wait to finally have my own house and decorate! i'll definitely come to you for help ;)

  2. Anonymous18:04

    Great tips! My room is full of patterns and it's good to get a little advice on how to make it a bit more elegant.

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

  3. Great tip about adding a solid color to tie all the patterns together. I do that when I print-mix my outfits. =] Love seeing Kevin over here!

  4. These tips are great, thanks for sharing!

  5. great tips! thank you Kevin and Mat for having him on your blog

    Katrina Sophia Blog

  6. These are handy tips! It's tricky getting the balance between individual and "oh-my-god-nothing-goes" so the hue as a solid base is an excellent idea, I'm going to try it! ♥ Claire at Jazzpad


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