Mix and Match – Perfecting the Art of Patterns

Patterns take a room from one dimensional to a room filled with character and personality. There’s no need to be intimidated on how to incorporate different patterns into your design.  The Amish Craftsman Team has a few simple rules for coordinating patterns like a pro! Read on to learn how to work with what you’re drawn to and effortlessly create a space that feels less like a showroom and more like home sweet home.

  1. Use Neutral Colors as a Base

Gone are the days when neutral colors were thought to be bland and underrated. Neutrals are the perfect foundation to build upon and many designers choose neutral walls and floors to set the stage.  These subtle colors tie everything together and let your patterns really stand out. 

Design Tip: Determine what color palette you love best before choosing your color base and accompanying patterns. Are you drawn to warm, cozy colors or cool hues with a touch of elegance?

  1. Choose a Central Color

Once you’ve established your color palette and neutral color, it’s time to select a central color. Think of the central color as a puzzle piece that ties in various patterns. Without this “puzzle piece”, the room’s cohesiveness may be off balance.  Include splashes of your central color throughout the room to connect your varied patterns.  For example, weave a bold canary yellow hue into striped curtains, a whimsical polka dot decorative pillow, and a solid throw blanket. The textures, pieces, and patterns might be different; however, they blend harmoniously.

  1. Size Matters

A mistake many tend to make when attempting to coordinate patterns is trying to blend similar sized patterns. Unfortunately, this will cause a room to feel hectic and chaotic. An easy way to avoid this is to mix patterns of different scales. Start by selecting your statement pattern. This will be the largest and your guide for properly sizing the rest of your patterns. The second pattern should be half the scale of your statement pattern. The smallest pattern can still have a big impact with geometric or horizontal shapes.  As long as the patterns showcasing your central color vary in size, you’ll create a cohesive look rather than the patterns competing for attention.

Design Tip: Odd numbers work best. Choose three (or more) patterns differing in scale.

  1. Don’t Forget the Furniture

The texture, grain, and shade of your furniture play a major role in the overall design of any room.  For example, our hardwood Maple is straight-grained with a fine texture, while our Quarter sewn White Oak has a distinctive open grain that is straight with a course texture.

Think about the look and feel you want to accomplish within your home. Complete the cottage coastal vibe with Brown Maple hardwood finished with our Gray glaze. Let the classic beauty of Cherry Hardwood serve as a focal point with our Vintage stain. Our hand-crafted Amish furniture is made with 100% solid-milled hardwood with options including Maple, Brown Maple, Cherry, White Oak, Red Oak, Hickory, and Walnut.

Ready to begin? Use these four tips to skillfully place patterns together like a pro!

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What patterns are you drawn to when decorating? A pop of polka dots? Big, bold plaids? Idyllic toile? Share your passion for patterns with The Amish Craftsman Community in the comments below!

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