Tuesday, February 21, 2012

patterns on pattern.

As mentioned in my last post, I became filled with inspiration after a recent visit to the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in Houston. I loved the history, the attention to detail and eclectic mix of pattern and style. It definitely caught my eye the way each pattern mixed with each style of furniture in a way that was unexpected yet connected. In my mind, the more pattern the better - as long as you can get it right.

Take a look around your home. Any chance multiple rooms have similar color palettes? If so, try switching around the pillows, rugs, curtains or even artwork and see what you can come up with. Here are some points of inspiration along with simple tips to keep in mind when mixing and matching. 

similar style, shape and scale 
paired with furniture that's just as angular

fluid shapes in a similar hue
thrift store-style furniture to accentuate the classic patterns

geometric patterns in similar colors 
balanced by curved, more traditional furniture

large and small pattern in complimentary colors with a rustic feel
balanced by sleek appliances and crisp white cabinetry

complimentary colors in minimalistic patterns
barely there furniture used more as a way to display

simple, one-color patterns with similar saturation levels
traditional, white or beige furniture and walls as a neutral backdrop

mixing geometric with organic pattern
simple furniture with one bright pop of color balanced with texture
[my bedroom]

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