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Design Tips & Tricks: How To Mix & Match Patterns

Updated: May 7, 2021

Patterns are a great way to add some character and personality to your baby’s nursery. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to mix and match different patterns! While it may seem daunting at first to do so, here are few rules of thumb to ensure your baby’s nursery feels cohesive at the end of the day. 1. Color. Make the contrast between varying patterns look purposeful by sticking to similar color tones- either same hue and intensity, or tone-one-tone. Let the differences between the patterns (not the colors) be what pops! 2. Scale. Vary the scale of patterns, so that they are not all large or small prints- a variety of small, medium, and large prints is always good and it will look more intentional by doing so. 3. Quantity. Choose 3 or more different patterns. In design, many things tend to look better in odd numbers! 4. Make connections. Choose patterns that have similar themes or motifs. Are they all travel inspired? Water inspired? Use your imagination! 5. Balance. Lastly, achieve balance by a) giving patterns space to breathe by working in a few solids and/or neutrals to break them up, and b) distributing the patterns around the nursery evenly (not consolidating them to one side of the room). The eye always needs a place to rest! Happy nursery designing! Be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions- we are here.


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