Layering patterns

The art of mixing patterns to create a lively, interesting space is something that is somewhat hard to explain how to do.  It really just takes practice experimenting with different looks using fabric swatches.

I highly recommend trying this design technique in your own home, but try not to use too many contrasting  patterns or it can end up looking way too busy.  The colors and patterns you select need to coordinate and compliment each other.  Decor8 has a great post that explains how to properly layer patterns.

Here are some excellent examples of how to successfully layer...
Better Homes and Gardens
via Delights by Design
Apartment Therapy

A simple start is to mix and match patterns on your sofa using fun pillows.

Coastal Living

Young House Love

Don't be afraid to layer on those patterns!

My favorite patterns to mix right now are florals and stripes! What are yours?


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