Ideal interiors : Mixing patterns and colours in your décor

I was going through the net and realised that people have thrown all the caution through the window in decorating their homes. This time, by trying to mix all things that we thought were impossible to mix. If you ask me at the time I was growing up, I will describe to you so well the colours that used to dorn the walls of many homes year in year out, and the same was with the beddings, furniture and curtains. Long gone are the boring plain blue, pink and green bedsheets that were used in many homes.

I was going through the net and realised that people have thrown all the caution through the window in decorating their homes. This time, by trying to mix all things that we thought were impossible to mix.

If you ask me at the time I was growing up, I will describe to you so well the colours that used to dorn the walls of many homes year in year out, and the same was with the beddings, furniture and curtains. Long gone are the boring plain blue, pink and green bedsheets that were used in many homes.

Thanks to more broadened and creative minds, one can now sit and create a mixture of a few patterns and come up with their own designs. From Martha Stewart to Diane Von Furstenberg, pattern mixing is the new decorating idea on the block. According to Thom Felicia the interior décor guru from the style channel on Dstv, coordinating and mixing patterns is easy because you don’t have to match anything in one colour or patterns.

Thom goes ahead to say that the easiest way to mix patterns is by use of at least three colours. Florals, plaids and modern prints can all be mixed for as long as they share some colour palette. Sharing the same colour palette does not mean that all must have one colour, but share similar colours and tones. For instance sky blue can be mixed with baby yellow and pink.

When one is using mixed patterns for the décor; size and scale matter a lot. For example the windows look good when the curtains have large patterns on them. As for the furniture, medium scale patterns are the way to go and they wil look lovely. The smallest scale of patterns can be left to be used on the throw pillows for the seats.

The great starting point when mixing patterns is to first look around your home and see what you have. You can draw inspiration from the beddings, sheets, pillows, furniture and curtains.

Once you gather about what patterns you already have, this can be a starting point of bringing other patterns to mix with what you already have.

Mixing patterns can also be overwhelming if too many patterns and colours are used in one room. It is always advised to create a balance by pulling all the patterns together in solid colours, and remember good things always come in three’s. Do not mix more than three patterns in one room; chances are that the room will look too squeezed.

Unexpected visual pairings are exciting and can liven up any dull room. Try mixing your patterns and colours in your home décor and you will love every minute you spend in your beautiful home.

Kayitesius@yahoo.com

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