6 Easy Tips to Mixing Prints and Patterns this Spring
Mixing prints is one of those trends street-style stars seem to pull off effortlessly, but the rest of us find a bit challenging. Well, this spring, we’re feeling empowered and are done with the “I can’t pull that off” excuse. To prove to everyone, including yourself, that you can rock any look like a pro, you need a little pre-planning and a few key tips to keep in mind. Since the fashion insider crowd has this look on lock, we’re using them as a cheat sheet, of sorts. Ahead, your guide to getting the pattern mixing thing mastered.
1. Treat leopard like a neutral. From its neutral color palette to its classic status, leopard makes for an easy-to-mix print that goes with just about anything. Try it with florals, subtle checks, plaids, and more, and you’ll instantly see what we mean. If you’re apprehensive, go for a leopard spotted accessory to start, like a handbag or a killer pair of shoes.
2. Stick with a limited color palette. The quickest way to make combined prints look cohesive is to keep them in the same color family. Graphic houndstooth and subtle plaid play perfectly together when they’re done in matching neutral hues.
3. Play with scale. Avoid visual overload by pairing patterns of different sizes. Rocking a bold tropical print? Balance it out with a jacket in a smaller, daintier repeat.
4. Play with the same print in different hues. A shared pattern can easily become the common thread that pulls a look together. Exhibit A: Combining three polka dot pieces in different colors makes for one successful outfit.
5. When in doubt, start with black and white. Using this classic combo as your outfit foundation means pretty much any pattern you add will work like a charm, no matter the hues. Pro tip: Graphic stripes and an organic floral print are a match made in opposites-attract heaven.
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6. Pull it together with one common color: Have two florals you love equally and can’t choose between the two? Don’t. As long as there is one shared color between your pieces, you can usually make a stylish connection. Adding solid accessories in that hue helps to bring it all home.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)