Design Challenge Results – Mixing Patterns

Design challenge number two and what fun February has been researching all sorts of tips for playing with patterns. So what I have learnt? When playing with scale and colour there are a few key tricks to keep in mind, beyond that playing with patterns is all about having fun and creating what works for you. While a room with 3 different patterns may work for some people, other may prefer to go a bit more out there and use more – and that’s perfectly okay. Your home should reflect your personality so don’t let the nay-sayers bring you down! That being said, what have I actually learnt over the past few weeks?
Use odd quantities – As with flowers or vignettes, odd numbers work best when your mixing patterns. So start with 3 patterns and work from there.

Mixing Patterns

Scale is key – Set small patterns against large ones so the eye can easily distinguish different patterns. This is important as patterns will start to compete with each other when using multiple patterns of the same scale Hint: To check whether your patterns work together, cross your eyes – you should easily be able to tell the difference in pattern.

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Limit your palette – Try to work with a set of colours. Whether that 3 or 5 it doesn’t really matter, but make sure you have the same colours throughout your room. A mixtures of pastel florals with bright abstracts wont work as well together, but those same patterns in colours of the same intensity is a completely different story – one with a happy ending.

Mizing Patterns

Include something solid  – This could be the floor, walls or sofa but the main objective to keep in mind that patterns on all surfaces may start to look a bit hectic. Using one surface (that’s at eye level) will help ground your collection of patterns.

The Pink Pagoda

Use your instincts – With all that’s said and done, sometimes when you just throw everything together it works organically. If you stay true to your style and already have a great collection of objects it’s likely that you’ll already have items that can work together.

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Design Challenge – Mixing Patterns

At the start of the year,  I got to thinking about how I can continue to grown and develop as a designer. I had the idea of creating a “design challenge” for each month where I’ll be setting (myself) specific challenges to help bust out of my comfort zone or learn a new skill. To ensure I stay accountable below are few rules I’ve set….

1. The challenge: Will be set on the first Tuesday of each month. Whether it’s learning a new art or trying something new in the home I’ll spend the next few weeks figuring out as much as I can on the topic.

2.  The reveal or results: Will be shared on the last Tuesday of that month. I say reveal or results as some may end with a tutorial of what I found, while others may result in a reveal of what’s been created.

3. Taking part: You are welcome to join me on these little adventures using the hashtag #DesignChallenge & tag @Livwithvision.

4. The most important:  These challenges are mostly about having fun and exploring new ideas!  It’s all about being friendly, generous, supportive, sharing.

So lets get started already….

This months challenge is going to be on mixing patterns, it’s an art that sometimes baffles me (and many, many others) but there are definitely some principals and rules that can be applied for effectively putting together a variety of patterns. I want to play with these rules, with a hope of breaking out of my own failsafe white basics. So from mixing up cushions on the sofa to having patterned walls or dinnerware, it’s going to be a month of playtime when it comes to spots, stripes and all that lies between..

Design Challenge: Mixing Patterns