Your sense of style is never defined by a single décor aesthetic. In some cases, you might find yourself torn across different styles, with each one fighting to take precedence in your interior design.
Fortunately, it is possible to mix and match pieces, materials, patterns, and colors without overwhelming a space. With the right knowledge in using multiple elements and aesthetics in your interior, you not only create a sense of cohesion in the room but also elevate your design.
Take, for example, modern wallpaper patterns such as Mod Geo wallpaper. On their own, they don’t do much. However, when combined with complementing fabrics, materials, and colors, they can help create a unique space that exudes the personality of the people residing in it.
Not sure how to do it? Here are six awesome tricks you can try when matching materials with various patterns, colors, and textures in your interior design.
Always Use Odd Numbers
Think symmetry with even numbers is great for interior design? Think again.
When designing your interior, it is recommended that you stick with odd numbers. Use at least three sets of patterns. This can also work in many aspects of interior design, be it creating color palettes or potting plants.
Mix Patterns Based on Their Type
Patterns are great for enhancing any room, but they would only work if they don’t clash together.
To avoid overwhelming the space with inappropriate pattern matches, remember to mix them based on their type. Largest scale patterns would most likely be the primary pattern, while those with the smallest scale are the least important. Don’t overdo it by combining numerous bold and striking patterns.
Use Neutral Colors as a Base for Large Prints
When using big or bold prints, you must remember to use neutral colors as their base. This will ensure that they are tastefully implemented in interior design. This can be applied on the floor (as in the case of carpets and rugs) or on the walls (as with curtains and draperies).
You can also use this tip when matching pieces of furniture in a room. If you already have bold textile elements in it, you can throw in chairs and ottomans with subdued neutral tones to help balance the space.
Stick to a Color Scheme
To successfully combine patterns that match, they must have a common thread that ties them together. And one of the most basic things you can use to link them is a color scheme.
This is probably the most crucial tip when mixing and matching elements, particularly patterns, within a single area.
There are two ways to do this. The first one is to decide on a color scheme first before looking for pieces with patterns to match it. The second is to pick a large patterned piece that you love and work out the colors it has.
Once you have this defined, you can then start looking for other pieces within that very same color palette. Also, remember that when you put patterns together in a common color scheme, you have to start with the largest scale first since it will most likely have the most colors.
It is also worth thinking about whether warmer or cooler colors will work best in your interiors. All colors have warmer or cooler sides, so you have to assign which ones are the main hue and which will serve as accents for a pop of character.
Texturize Your Interior Design Within the Same Color Palette
Texture is an aspect of design that can offer substance and comfort or sleek and modern aesthetics to a room. While you can choose to stay consistent with either smooth or rough textures, placing them side-by-side in the same area can create depth in the space.
Like patterns, the trick is to keep textures within the same color palette to ensure that they complement each other, and the entire room well.
To texturize your interior design, you can use textiles and any other fabric-covered pieces. If you’re not quite confident you can make it work right off the bat, you can start with smaller pieces like cushions, throws, and rugs. Since they can be easily moved around, you won’t have to worry about replacing them when needed.
Pick a Dominant Material
Lastly, you’ll be sure to encounter the various materials that furniture and smaller items are made of when designing an interior. When this happens, remember to stick to one dominant material throughout the design. If you choose gold, bronze, silver, or rose-tone, you can pair it with one or two more shiny colors to offer enough luster without overpowering the room.
Mix, Match and Create Unique Designs
When it comes to interior design, mixing and matching things can prove to be a challenging task. Be it pairing fabrics with simple designs (like Bora Bora fabric) with bold wallpapers or exploring the possibility of combining different materials into a single space, consider the tips listed in this article to avoid overwhelming your interior design.
James Prathap is one of the Directors of NGC Nafees, top importers and exporters of wallpapers, floorings and fabrics in India. The business also offers high-quality panoramics, coordinated fabrics, and creative stickers for residential and commercial projects.