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Backyard Escapes 03.19.14

10 Tips for Mixing Patterns Like a Master!

I used to be so afraid to mix patterns. In fact, I thought if I used a pattern of any sort I was big time! But after a bit of research and a lot of practice, I feel much more comfortable with the concept. Here are my top 10 tips for mixing patterns if you're just starting out.

As you read below, keep in mind that the various patterns and colors don’t need to “match” each other, they just need to “go” together.

1. Work with an odd number of patterns

Odd numbers tend to look best, so if you’re going to play with patterns, start with three different patterns in three different scales. Once you’ve mastered the key to mixing patterns, try for five!

2. Use varying scales of pattern

Incorporate varying scales to the space so that the prints don’t compete with one another. Sticking with the rule of three, pick one large, one medium and one small pattern to work with. For example, try one large floral/organic pattern, plus one medium geometric, plus

To see more: http://tidbitsandtwine.com/10-tips-for-mixing-patterns-like-a-master/

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  • Alexandra Arena Forest Hills, NY
    Awesome tips, Kim! :)
  • Kim {Tidbits&Twine} Danville, CA
    Thank you, Alexandra Arena !
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