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Playing Around With Pattern Mixing

Mar 11, 2013

by House of Earnest

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I just love combining lots of different patterns, prints and textures. Mixing it up and not looking crazy in the process isn’t too hard if you follow a couple of tips for making all of that print and pattern work well together.

[Clockwise from top left: Grey Dot Napkins by dotandarmySnake Sachet by GardenmisSmall Dot Labels by SlugBugNoHitBacksFloral Tech Case by ThreadfulFloral Ribbon by STORYBOX22Striped Straws from pebblesinmypocketsDot Plate by urbanesterGold Ampersand by FieldMarketSunday]

When mixing patterns in my home, I like to use similar prints, but in different scales. Mixed florals are pretty together and create a quirky, feminine look. Dots in two sizes could be preppy or sleek, depending on what you mix it with. Add textured and interesting solids for a pulled together and dimensional look.

[Clockwise from top left: Paisley Scarf from joyofvintagewithsam; Olive Twill Jacket from GintroGeo Earrings by moonlightforvioletRose Clutch by CrystalMoonCatCalfhair Clutch by linmadeStacked Bangles by OOAKjewelzNeedlepoint belt from NeedleYouStripe Dropwaist Dress from ReverseChronologyChambray Shirt from CarnivalOfTheManiacSnake Bracelet by RebekeJewelryShop]

Pattern mixing in an outfit is so fun and easily done! Go chic with paisley and floral, go boho with geometrics and animal print, or mix it all up and come out looking ever better than before. Start with something easy and grounded, like stripes. Layer on textured solids like chambray or twill, plus lots of awesome accessories in complimenting colors, and you’ve got it made.

[Clockwise from top left: Striped Socks by irinabelyaevaMadras Fabric from CuteBrightFunSeersucker Tie from HandmadebyEmyChambray Pocket Square by FoxandBrieLeather Tech Case by LUSCIOUSLEATHERNYCGingham Tie by HandmadebyEmyStriped Canvas Shoes from ScarlettosPlaid Bow Tie by SouthernBeaus]

For men, a few simple accessories and, again, some solids to ground, pull off this look seamlessly. Throw in some rustic leather and chambray to keep it all feeling masculine.

Whatever types of patterns appeal to you at home or in your style, you can feel confident that mixing them together and forming a strong new look is achievable this spring.

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3 Featured Comments

  • poplovedesigns

    Andrea Hughes from PopLoveHers said 6 years ago Featured

    Mixing patterns was always such a no-no for me when I was younger - too daring, too weird, too much... but somehow, I'm finding with the years that I'm loving the eclectic look much much more. In fact, lately, I'm all about mixing up the patterns! I think it's a look that at the same time, exudes style and elegance, but keeps you looking young and fresh. Long live the print!!

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 6 years ago Featured

    What a fabulous chair! I love mixing patterns in my home. I like to call it "eclectic chic!" It suits my thrifty vintage style. I love finding new pieces in unexpected places and then mixing them in with my home. Thank you for sharing your style ideas!

  • madamestarlett

    Madame Starlett from ConfidentCrafts said 6 years ago Featured

    Great picks! I absolutely love mixing patterns- but the texture is what really gets me. I love throwing together a silk tie and a plain cotton piece, love the variation!

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