Monday, August 6, 2012

Mixing Patterns - Style Tips by Emily Henderson

Hello! Last month I found an amazing video about mixing patterns in your throw pillows. We all love patterns and colors, but to make things look nice, everything has to be balanced. It's all about the right proportions. Here are style tips from my favorite Design Star Winner, Emily Henderson.

1. Edit your color pallet - narrow down colors to 3-4

2. Mixing the scale of pattern - have the right mix of scale
Large scale and large scale - looks confusing to the eye
Small scale and large scale - your eye can differentiate the two

3. Limit the amount of patterns in your sofa to 2-3 and in a room to 3-5
Add a little bit of solid colors and texture to add depth

4. Spread the patterns to even out the visual weight

I made three attempts on this mixing and matching:

Look 1 - The terra cotta settee is added with pops of bright colors. I super love the orange lion in the forest pillow! I used florals (that are not super girly) and greens for a nature inspired look.
Astrid Settee, Anthropologie; Fantastic Forest Pillow, Anthropologie; Dahlia Throw Pillow, Wabisabi Green; Kells Bloom Throw Pillow, Shopruche

Look 2 - Scandinavian chair, with geometric patterns. I used grey with a little bit of mint and deep red. And that graphic pillow makes it all look young and fun.
Wilmot 3 Seat Sofa, Habitat; Swiss Alps Cushion Cover, Ponyrider; Chevron Crewel Pillow Cover, West Elm; Mint Fretwork Pillow, Caitlin Textiles

Look 3 - For this one I wanted to go for a glamorous look so a cream mid century sofa is added with sequins, fluffy texture, and gold gold gold, which all speak luxury! 

Petrie Apartment Sofa, Crate and Barrel; Grand Canal Square Pillow, Anthropologie; Gold Sequin Striped Pillo, Urban Outfitters; Fleece Flounce Pillow in Pink, Anthropologie; Chelsea Pillow, One Kings Lane

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