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The Return of the Mixed Print

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This year, 2016, we’re going to see a lot of new interior decor trends emerge; mixing different prints and patterns together will surely be one of them.
 
Pattern mixing is all the rage these days. If you’re tired of your plain, all neutral decor, then mixing patterns like a pro is the easiest way to uplift your space in a jiffy. Mixing patterns and prints can add style, color, texture and a little personality to any room design. This will also result in an interior space that is visually interesting making it look chic, stylish and oozing with pizzazz. Right now, it’s all about whimsical patterns that add visual interest and contrasting colors that let you tell a story about patterns in texture in a range of colors.  
 
Mixing prints like a pro
One of the challenges of mixing and matching patterns is the ability to determine what will look good together and what will clash. The easiest way to get it right is to begin with a color palette that works together. When choosing patterns, it’s important to decide if warmer colors or cooler colors will work best for a space, since there are warm and cool sides of every color. So choose one or two main colors and consider a couple of accent colors to deliver a pop of character.

Counter big, bold patterns with areas of solid color or neutrals. The more patterns you mix in a room, the more you need to layer in visual relief. You need areas where you can pull back, so you can enjoy the prints you’ve grouped together. Designers often mix in solids to maintain harmony and highlight the patterns.
 
Varying texture is just as important as mixing patterns. Texture can create visual depth, but it's the tactile qualities that foster interaction. Texture can come from exposed stitching or a fabric's thickness, but it can also be created with a few tricks of the trade.

 
Select a large-scale print with several colors; it will give you multiple options for mixing and matching. Each pattern you subsequently choose should be gradually smaller. Don't go too small, however, since the pattern could tend to look washed out from a distance. 
 
Also, each pattern should be distinct from the others but not overwhelm them. When deciding where each pattern fits into the room's design scheme, it’s best to pull your color to the center. Don't use a large scale pattern on the walls or the room will look too busy. Take a bit of the pattern from the curtains and elaborate on the furniture.

 
3 Tips from the Experts
If you want to jump right in and experiment with the trend of pattern mixing, these 3 professional tips will result in an effective, dramatic, yet pulled-together décor theme that never fails to “wow”.
1. Experiment with scale - The different patterns you use should be of different scales for the best results. Too many small, tight patterns or too much of a large pattern could confuse the eye in a tight space.
2. Add white - You can, in fact, add any other neutral color to become a ‘negative’ space that allows the eye to take a breather from all the pattern mixing, but it could also be crucial to adding depth of a space. If you don’t love white, mix in any light, neutral color to give the eyes a rest.
 
 
3. Group complementing colors together - Use non-competing colors in your pattern play. A Leopard print in red with a hot pink striped pattern for your couch may not be the most effective way to mix patterns. But a leopard print in black and cream with a grey check pattern - go right ahead!
 

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