Working with pattern
Ginny Jones
February 12, 2013
I love pattern but struggle with knowing how much is too much. Is there a "rule of thumb" in regards to pattern coordination? What patterns work well together for a casual but contemporary setting?
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Barnhart Gallery
Nothing can be too similar in scale or pattern, but they should have color continuity.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:36AM
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Color Zen
Balance is key. Lots of experimentation :) A little here and a little there, tempered by solids. Good luck!
1 Like    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:39AM
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Mary Poulos Interior and Exterior Design
I like to balance pattern and color with neutrals. They keep the patterns and color from becoming too much, to the point that you lose the beauty of the pattern(s) you are using.
    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:45AM
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Most bold and graphic patterns tend to lean towards contemporary. I agree with playing with a mix of scale and colors.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:53AM
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I love mixing patterns! If you search ideabooks for "mixing patterns" you will see several articles that may help.
    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:57AM
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There is no rule but only the best designers can do it perfectly and balance it just right. I suggest proceeding with caution and working with ONE element
For example black and white different geometric patterns in different sizes add up to the same elements (black, white and geometric)
Now slowly add geometric patterns in bold colours and your are layering
Finally add two large pieces with a black round circle and you have introduced a third layer that still links with the others but is simultaneously a radical departure
    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:57AM
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