Pattern Play: Modernized, Masculine Ruggedness

Pattern Play: Modernized, Masculine Ruggedness

Using patterns is often close to the top of the list of homeowner design issues. Suggest using numerous patterns together and some almost have an anxiety attack! There are a few straightforward principles you can follow to ease the scare factor of blending patterns.

1. Start with a single print you love. The more colour in it, the easier time you will have pulling other colours and patterns. Let it guide you!

2. Use your initial print for your colour palette. If your printing has gray, blue and green in it then for another print look for a white and blue or a combination of just a couple of the colours. Colors don’t have to match precisely they just have to blend well with the attention.

3. Vary the style of the patterns. In case you began using a floral then your next pattern might be a stripe, plaid or geometric. You might also still mix another floral in but they need to be distinct types of florals. By way of example, a two toned floral using a mixed colored floral.

4. Limit the size of the patterns. You would like a mix of small, medium and large scale when blending patterns. If all of your prints had exactly the same sized scale on it, your attention wouldn’t know where to look and nothing could stand out.

Jennifer Bishop Design

Different designers have different ways to approach choosing cloths. Some like to utilize more solids; others utilize more pattern — or a blend of both. I love patterns, therefore I tend to shy away from solids and make use of textures in their place. I also like comparison, so that I change my cloth from mild, to medium, to dark.

Here is how I employed my own rules of thumb to develop with this pattern palette:

1. My starting print. I began using the snake-chain pattern, then picked the big polka-dot pattern. Both are large scale patterns, but there is still enough contrast between the patterns since the scatter is dark, with a thick texture, and the snake has a mild linen texture and color.

2. Construct the colour palette. The snake-chain pattern has a very subtle caramel colour in it. This gave me the capability to pull that colour in utilizing the diamond pattern and the crocodile. I love mixing in certain heat whenever I use grays.

3. Vary the design. The crocodile pattern almost reads as a sound rather than pattern but its texture adds interest and depth. I originally tried this using a more uniform snakeskin pattern, but it just appeared flat. The croc added more richness.

4. Limit the size of the pattern. The houndstooth I discovered last. This gave me a much smaller pattern to blend in. I also liked it because it was a little unexpected and it had a nice range of grays. There were darker colors to pull my polka dot and lighter to pull in my snake-chain pattern.

I also like to think in terms of contours when picking fabrics. I did use a lot of geometrics, but in this situation they appear to work well. The snakes have a milder curve, the polka dot a more solid of a curve and then the bead a very straight angle which acted more as a texture.

Jennifer Bishop Design

The combination reads slightly masculine to me, and that’s the look that I was going for with this set.

Try to think about what your prints are saying. Are they reading feminine, conventional, or whimsical? Is your floral looking more island much like than country cottage like?

Next, see these patterns up close.

Layla Grayce

DwellStudio Fabric Snake Chain Dove – $60

The subtle snake pattern at first reads more as a trellis.

Layla Grayce

DwellStudio Fabric Plush Dotscape Dove – $77

The plush dot included a bit of sheen that I adored contrary to the mattes of the other linen-like fabrics.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Home Decor Signature Series, Vinyl Crock Desert – $39.99

Though this croc pattern could be used as pillows, it’d probably match and ottoman or seat better.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Jaclyn Smith Jasso, Oatmeal – $59.99

Rather than employing a solid cloth, I picked these diamond stitched pattern with small bead for only slightly more interest.

The colour I used in the photographs was really Caramel in which this link shows Oatmeal.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

Croscill Abilene, Cliffside, Heather – $49.99

The houndstooth has a great blend of grays with a little a warmer taupe-like tone.

Next, visit a room in which this pattern blend could do the job well.

Elizabeth Gordon

Here’s an illustration of the sort of room in which the aforementioned pattern blend look could do the job very well. It’s a gorgeous space that may read both masculine and feminine.

Let’s imagine using our cloths in a distance such as this:

Crocodile: Would work well on the seat at the close of the mattress.
Snake-Chain: Could be very interesting to use as the drapes on the other side of the bed.
Diamond: Could work well on the Roman colors
Polka Dot & Houndstooth: Would look great used as throw pillows.

Next, see more great uses of layouts in interior design:

Michelle Hinckley

Here is a great mix of a large scale floral using a medium-scale geometric. The quilted fabrics provide a small pattern and texture.

Brian Dittmar Design, Inc..

Initially you see a lot of solid used in this room, but at a closer look, you will observe that the sheets have a small pattern. The accession of the camel brick and throw bedside lamps inserted just enough heat to a largely gray room.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Repeating a pattern in the drapes and toss pillows save this space from pattern overload. The large scale medallion print on the benches was just the right number of additional pattern mixed in.

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Mixing and Matching Bed Linens
How to Layer Patterns Right

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