Creating Cohesive Designs: Tips for Mixing Patterns and Textures in Your Home
Colors, patterns, and textures are important design elements that add visual interest, depth, and character to your home.
As the mid-century modern, open, clean designs featuring whites and grays that have been popular for the last several years make way for rich colors, nature-inspired textures, and traditional design with a modern twist, you will see more pattern layering and texture mixing in homes.
When done correctly, using multiple patterns and textures in your rooms makes a statement and can be a true reflection of your personality and style. But, if it is not done correctly, you risk making your home feel disjointed, cluttered, or jarring.
It can seem overwhelming at first. But it doesn’t have to be. Once you learn some basic rules and guidelines for mixing patterns and textures, you’ll be designing every room in your home successfully.
Whether you are starting with a blank canvas, or you already have furniture and décor you want to incorporate, your flooring will help you tie together all the colors, patterns, and textures in your home to create a cohesive.
At The Floor Store, we can help you create the home of your dreams and combine all your favorite patterns and textures. We can help you find the perfect flooring, rugs, or countertops that complement your look.
Here are some tips to consider when mixing patterns and textures in your home.
Use Similar Colors
The first step in creating a cohesive room that features multiple patterns and textures is to settle on a color pallet. Using too many different colors will overwhelm your room leading to a less cohesive feel. The key is to find patterns that utilize the same tones to create an aesthetically pleasing space. As always when designing a room, follow the 60-30-10 rule where 60% of your room has a dominant color, 30% is a secondary, and 10% is your accent color. Your flooring and countertops will likely be a neutral color that matches the other tones in your color scheme.
Choose Varying Sized Patterns
When you mix patterns, it’s best to avoid using the same size. Typically, large-scale patterns will be dominate, so they’re best when used as focal points. Only one large-scale pattern should be used per room. However, small-scale patterns can be used in multiple ways in the same room. This is also true of using a blend of complex and simple patterns. If you choose a bold, floral or large geometric wallpaper to create a focal wall, you may want to use a smaller-scale pattern of subtle stripes or polka dots in a complementary color for your furniture, curtains, or area rug. If you choose to have your hardwood or tile flooring installed in a chevron or herringbone pattern, you could layer a rug with a simple striped pattern, a floral pattern, an abstract pattern, or even some geometric patterns. The rug you choose may be your focal point and feature a bold geometric design, while your throw pillows have a smaller-scale geometric design that complements your rug.
Choose Contrasting Textures
To best create visual interest, choose textures that contrast each other. This gives your room depth and more character. Modern design is being more and more inspired by nature, which means natural textures – and materials that mimic those textures – are popular. Wood, wool, leather (or faux leather), and metals can all work together in a room. You may love your faux fur fuzzy pillow, but it will look better on a linen couch than a plush chair. Showcase the natural wood of your flooring and furniture, and pair it with metal décor, a plush rug, and cotton curtains to create an appealing room.
Using different patterns and textures in your room can enhance your space, but you’ll need to create balance. The easiest way to create balance is to make sure you utilize neutrals and solid colors to break up the lines and shapes of your space, while carrying the look throughout your room and your home. You can also create balance by making sure you have varying degrees of lights and darks in your colors, patterns, and textures. Balance also keeps your focal point front and center by drawing the eye, instead of pulling your attention elsewhere. This is where your flooring and countertops will play a large role. Your flooring can be part of the textures and patterns in your home, but it also helps create a cohesive room that is a backdrop to your other design elements.
No matter your style or lifestyle, we have the flooring to match and help you mix and match patterns and textures with beauty. You can choose from our carpet, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, or tile, as well as our collection of countertops and area rugs, to create a space you’ll love for years to come. At The Floor Store, we can help you find the perfect flooring and countertops, no matter your needs. Contact us or visit one of our showrooms to begin your next project!