HOW DO I COORDINATE PATTERNS?
Let’s take a
simple quiz to determine your expertise in this area of interior
1. There are no rules to
- Color is the
great common denominator.
patterns in the same room are too much.
- The best
combination is a large, a medium, and a small pattern all from the
same color palette.
- It is o.k. to
use a large scale plaid with a small scale plaid if they are in
different color palettes.
- You can not
mix florals and geometrics.
combining patterns, all florals are the same.
- All the
colors in the patterns must match exactly.
- If you use a
large geometric, all the other patterns should be large as well.
- A small
floral needs to be balanced with a large one in the same color
1: F, 2: T, 3: F, 4: T, 5: F, 6: F, 7: F, 8: F, 9: F, 10:T
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It really is rather easy to mix patterns by using
these general guidelines. The
COLOR PALETTE is the most important aspect of using
pattern. If all the patterns are in the same general palette, the
patterns will probably go very well together. It is not important
that the colors match exactly but are similar; the differences will
add interest to the combinations.
It is pleasing to the eye if
DIFFERENT SIZES of
pattern are combined. For example, if you have found a large scale
floral, add it to a rather small scale floral pattern in the same
palette for a wonderful combination. The eye easily perceives the
different sizes of the patterns and because they are in the same
colors, the eye is soothed.
For variety combine a floral pattern, a geometric
such as a plaid or stripe, and an overall print. Then if you desire
to add another pattern pick the opposite size of the one you have
already selected. If you first chose a small floral print, select a
large floral one the second time. If your first geometric was quite
large, use a small one the second time.
Now let’s see
if you grasp the concept by selecting combinations of the following
patterns. Select three of the following fabrics to use together in a
If you selected the narrow pink stripe to go with
any of these florals, you are correct!
If you chose the small blue check to go with the
floral that has some blue in it, you are right!
The large dark and light rose stripe goes with all the florals except the second one from the left on the top.
The medium green plaid coordinates well with all
Two sets of
pleasing combinations are:
As a review I
have included several pattern groupings that are very compatible. See
if you agree.
purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the
most.” John Ruskin
WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN?