Mixing Patterns

Working with multiple patterns can be tricky.  However, there are a few guidelines you can follow to ensure that your patterns flow together well without clashing.

Scale your patterns:

  • Patterns should be different sizes to coordinate.  If you have a large bold pattern you could pair it with a medium and small pattern. scales

Choose coordinating colors:

  • Patterns should incorporate at least one color from another pattern.  Using the background color of one pattern as the design color can give it a nice contrast.
  • Pulling out a bold color from a large pattern and using that color as an accent can show some interest.color

Use different pattern types:

  • Using different line types such as geometric, minimal or free-flowing can show interesting variation while pulling the patterns in with colors.line types

Don’t let patterns scare you!

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