How to combine different patterned fabrics successfully

Combining different patterned fabrics in a room can be a fun and creative way to infuse personality and visual interest however it takes time and careful thought to ensure the end result is just right. Here are some tips to successfully mix patterns in your space:

Establish a colour scheme: Start by choosing a colour palette that coordinates with the overall design of the room. This will provide a cohesive backdrop for the pattern combinations.

Vary pattern scales: Mix patterns of different scales to create balance. Pair larger-scale patterns, like bold stripes or large florals, with smaller-scale patterns, such as polka dots or subtle geometric prints. This ensures that the patterns don’t compete with each other.

Use a unifying element: Introduce a common element that appears in multiple patterns. It could be a colour, motif, or style. This unifying factor helps tie the different patterns together.

Create contrast: Mix patterns that have contrasting characteristics, such as a busy floral with a more structured stripe or a soft paisley with a graphic chevron. This contrast adds visual excitement and prevents the patterns from blending together.

Break up patterns with plain colours: Incorporate solid-coloured fabrics to give the eye a resting point and prevent the space from feeling too busy. Use solid-coloured upholstery, pillows, or curtains to create a visual break between patterned elements.

Test it out: Lay out the different patterned fabrics together before committing to them in the room. This allows you to assess how they interact and adjust if needed.

Remember, combining patterns requires some experimentation and personal preference. Embrace your creativity, trust your instincts and have fun as you mix and match different patterned fabrics to create a vibrant and visually captivating room. A visit to County Fabrics is a haven for those wishing to combine styles.  We can pull out endless different options to help you build up the finished look.