Thursday, October 25, 2012

Playing with Pattern

Playing with pattern is truly a skill, a craft, an art form. Whenever I am working on a design, I keep a certain formula in mind while mixing and matching patterns. Incorporate complimentary colors + mix big with small + busy with classic + bold with traditional = amazingly eclectic yet harmonious design. The space below is a perfect example of bold and bright pattern meshing with traditional and classic pattern. What a perfect marriage, no?
So I told you I had some experience with mixing pattern, and you know what they say, "you gotta practice what you preach." So I am going to show you the way. I do have to add in a little tidbit and my method to the madness, my new thing is always including a fabric with some sort of large scale lifestyle/animal scene. It is totally interesting. I promise. Here is the breakdown of needs for the perfect pattern formula today. Right now. This very instant. Floral + Small busy print + Stripes + Large interesting scale design = Perfect Pattern Play. 
What do you think?!? Are we brave enough to try? I sure hope so. If you still need my assistance and aren't quite sure on how to play with the pattern, penpal me. We will work through the tangled world of pattern together. I will even hold your hand. XOXO

17 comments:

  1. This scares me because I have no idea where to begin. Love your pairings. You are the master decorater!

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  2. Such a great formula, your spaces are always so unique and pretty

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  3. I'm the worst at this!!! I might need to penpal you!!! Love your choices!

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  4. ooh this could be fun!
    stepping out our comfort zones.
    Bec x

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  5. that room is stunning!!!

    Meghan
    citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

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  6. You made this look easy. It is not, well done.

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  7. I'm the worst with patterns. When I throw together patterns, it looks like the room got dizzy and threw up!! But, that photo is gorgeous. Great mixing of patterns.

    Xo-L
    simplylowcountry.blogspot.com

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  8. I love playing with pattern- so fun! Your mixes are fantabulous!

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  9. Look at that, I did almost the exact same thing the other day! White couch, navy blue pin dots pillows, navy blue large scale lattice pillow, and 2 hot pink oval-esque ikat pillows. :)

    I love that 3rd one so, so much!

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  10. great mixes. I am so into the pattern play, I have a couple places in my home that I want to add to. Thanks for inspiring me to get to it!

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  11. I love it! SO much easier to understand when there is a formula behind the art! Leave it to you to make it look so simple!

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  12. Love it! I've never seen that elephant fabric before. I must have it ASAP!

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  13. The most fun in the world... Pattern Play! Love it, Love your examples and Love you!

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  14. Love this post because I love pattern. It's all about the mix, isn't it?

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  15. LINDS, I LOVED THIS POST! i AM ALMOST OF THE MINDSET THAT NO TWO PATTERNS CAN'T BE FRIENDS. THIS ROOM IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THAT! Also, I put you on my Link Love section of my blog. Always loving your blog and inspirations :)

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
    GlamourMash

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  16. Perfect timing! I've been struggling to come up with a new bedding arrangement with mixed patterns. This is handy!

    xx

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  17. Perfectly explained....and of course always throw in a little black! You are good girl!!

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