Mix It Up! Using Prints with Patterns Confidently

by Kim Blaylock 09/22/2019

Early attempts at dressing where you arrived in a striped top and polka-dot bottoms may not have earned your rewards when you were little. In fact, it may have put you off mixing patterns at all. After all, playing it safe with solids and neutrals is much less intimidating. But in your home, all that seamlessness leaves you somewhat uninspired. Here are simple, and less angst-causing ways to mix it up in your home.

Throw pillows:

Add life to the party with one stripe and one floral or geometric in similar or coordinating colors. If you want a display bolder look, use contrasting colors such as a bright red stripe with a chartreuse green geometric against your gray sofa. Or pick one large print and one small print in the same or reverse colors. Then, add a third pattern such as a stripe or plaid to pull it all together.

Change up the fabrics and textures too. Put a crisp black canvas or duck weave with a soft green and blue velour print. Or mix a paisley pattern with stripes or blocks. The variety draws the eye to multiple places and can even camouflage a dated sofa or chair.

Carpets:

Mix up your carpet styles too. If you have a traditional carpet pattern in the living room, liven it up with an overlapping sea-grass weave in high traffic areas. Place florals and paisleys within eyesight of each other or put a bold stripe in the entry to the living area.

Blankets:

Mix up those plaid plush blankets with a lovely vintage granny-square crocheted afghan or hang a hand-made quilt over the arm of a pattered high-back chair. 

Vintage pieces:

Experiment with mixing different wood colors and textures too. Place a Victorian table in a dark wood next to a mid-century arm or slipper chair with light legs. Lean a decorative brass screen against the fireplace next to a glass urn from a completely different era. Stack re-discovered suitcases as a side table and set a modern lamp with a mod-print shade on top.

The thing about mixing stripes and patterns or delicate prints with geometrics is that is the balance can come from either the design or the piece. So, a large cushion in a subtle pattern next to a smaller one with a bold stripe works because neither one outdoes the other. The key is to pick things you like, then balance them with other items that share a color or feature or are their direct opposite on the color wheel.

About the Author
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Kim Blaylock

Your Hometown Realtor!

Real estate became a passion of mine from an early age. Many hours were spent in my parent’s backseat traveling to open houses and checking out new areas on the weekends. When my family relocated from Wichita, Kansas to Orlando in 1978, those house-hunting trips continued long after they bought a home here. After I graduated from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, I obtained my real estate license. I worked in product marketing for a few years but wanted to get out from behind a desk. Eventually I obtained my broker’s license, and for a few years I also held a mortgage broker’s license. 26+ years later I still enjoy the thrill of finding that perfect home for my buyers, or helping sellers prepare their home for an upcoming sale. It never gets old!
 

When I’m not out selling homes, I love settling down with a good book, visiting the Disney parks, museums, galleries, watching movies, or just relaxing with my husband of 24+ years and our two adult children. Traveling is another favorite activity and I’ve been blessed to visit many other countries and parts of the U.S. over the years. I'm an active volunteer in my church. community and my local Pi Beta Phi sorority alumnae club as well.   

Over the last 18+ years I’ve worked with a dynamic sales team that is comprised of myself and two of my best friends. We provide each other with sales support, advice, and encouragement. This is a huge benefit for my customers because it ensures you always have an agent ready and willing to help. You will never be left to handle a challenge by yourself because I’m never too busy to help you, your friends or family members. 

My Personal Mission: I pledge to be in consistent communication with my customers, keeping them fully informed throughout the entire buying or selling process. I believe that if you’re not left with an exceptional experience, I haven’t done my job. I don’t measure my personal success through achievements or awards, but through the satisfaction of my clients.

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