Add white to a room with multiple patterns. White gives eyes a place to rest and highlights the patterns by separating one from another. The white sofa and accents help the cushion, throw pillows, wall, and floor patterns pop.
Mix Types of Patterns
Cottage style has quintessential patterns that help define it. Choose three to mix within a room to create a look you'll love. Plaid seat cushions, a toile Roman shade, and a country French floral on the lampshades create a playful cottage look in this dining room.
Play with Pattern Size
A good mix should include small-, medium-, and large-scale patterns. In this master bedroom, the largest pattern is on the window panels. Smaller-scale patterns cover the accent pillows. To help the pillows and window treatments coordinate, each fabric has white or black in the pattern.
Use Coordinating Colors
An easy way to ensure your patterns will mix is to choose coordinating colors. Red and green are complementary colors because they are directly across from each other on the color wheel, but moving down one tint to pink adds a fun twist to this color palette. Yellow and green mix nicely because they share a common hue. Mixing solids and patterns in pink, green, and yellow creates a pleasing color scheme.
Use Shades and Tints
There's no need to worry about matching when using various shades of a single color. In this living room, the color palette goes from black to white, and uses colors in between. The black portiere, antique statues, gray area rug, and white table lamps round out the color range.
Vary the Scale
Mix and match small and large patterns. Here, the bold flowers on the window shade are a playful contrast to the small stripes of the table runner. These patterns also work well together because both fabrics have the same color palette.
Color Plus White