Bold prints, bright colors, and layers are some of fashion’s latest and greatest trends. J. Crew‘s creative director, Jenna Lyons, pairs leopard print with polka dots and plaid, while trend setters alike have gone so far as to pair tribal prints with florals.
These fashion fads have gone beyond the runway and become decorating trends for the home. With all the prints and colors to choose from, mixing and matching can be difficult without guidelines from the pros. Below are a few tips to achieve a perfect balance of color and print on your own.
1. Choose three (odd numbers work best) bold patterns that you can use as your base. The first pattern should be a large scale print that you love. The second should be different and of smaller scale. For example, if you chose a bold ikat print as your first pattern, your second should be a smaller scale plaid-like pattern. The third pattern should be the smallest scale and should draw on two or three colors from the first two prints.
2. Choose a single piece of inspiration to work from: a patterned chair, piece of fabric, or a painting. Use that piece as your starting point and mix and match prints from there.
3. Work with colors. Don’t mix pastels and primary colors, instead use similar patterns within the same set of hues.