Decorating Tricks of the TradePosted: Updated:
If you look at homes that have been decorated by interior designers, one thing you might notice is the way they beautifully pair prints with other prints – especially floral with stripes and other patterns.
As I try to freshen my home for fall without spending too much money, I wanted to find some key tips to share that will have you combining patterns like a pro.
Decorating tricks of the trade
Florals with Stripes
Do: Pair smaller, thinner stripes with a larger floral pattern. Large scale stripes can handle a smaller print.
Watch Out: Avoid tight, narrow stripes with a busy, small floral.
Florals and Dots
Do: Use dots as a fun way to add fun to a floral. Pull out two of the colors in the floral pattern and team it with a smaller dot pattern.
Watch Out: Keep in mind that the larger the dot, the more whimsical the feel. Also, large bright dots tend to look a bit juvenile.
Florals with Other Florals
This one is a little tricky but done well can really look professional.
Do: Be sure to keep colors and tones the same. Mix similar styles of dissimilar sizes. It should almost look like you enlarged a part of the smaller pattern to get the large.
Watch Out: Pairing similarly scaled floral patterns can lack the necessary contrast and confuse the eye.
Florals with Other Solids
Do: Select a bold accent color from the floral as its solid counterpart. If you want a less bold effect use the floral’s background as the accent color.
Watch Out: Don’t restrict your choices to one color, go with two colors from the floral pattern.
Some added decorating tips:
Place contrasting patterns on opposite sides of a pillow for double impact.
For a easily movable touch of color, prop floral pillows on a solid colored sofa.
Trim floral-patterned draperies with striped or solid backing or banding.