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Tips for Mixing and Matching Fabric in Your Home

Posted by John Dawkins on 3rd Oct 2018

Working with different types of fabrics and patterns can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing. The patterns and colors could clash, which might not achieve your desired interior styling. The ability to mix and match fabric is therefore a skill that you need to develop if you want to maximize the styling impact in your home.

If your home needs a refresh, these tips can help you to spice up your home interior décor. Have fun playing with fabric with these styling ideas.

Tip 1: Choose a pattern you love.

When experimenting with fabric patterns, the thing you need to consider first is what pattern you like working with most. It is your home; therefore, it should reflect your personality and style. Start with the pattern that you like most and then work your way from there. Once you identify your base, you can shop around for other patterns that would complement that main fabric.

Tip 2: Determine the scale.

The scale of the fabric patterns and prints is another important factor to look into. Once you pull ideas together to decorate your home interior, the next step is to determine the scale of prints to use. If you choose to work with large prints and patterns as your base, you can opt for another fabric pattern but make sure to opt for a smaller scale. For example, if you choose dark floral fabrics as your base, you can choose small striped fabric to complement that.

Another tip to consider when choosing scale on the printed fabric is the intended use for those fabrics. It is okay to use large scale prints on larger fabric pieces like duvet covers, curtains, or upholstery. On the flip side, choose small scale prints when you are using those fabrics on smaller decorative items such as table runners, lamp shade covers, and throw pillow covers.

Tip 3: Think about the color.

Aside from the fabric print or pattern, one of the ways you can mix and match fabric for home décor is with color. Is there a specific color palette that you want highlighted? Every piece of fabric, even if the fabric types, print and texture might differ, should belong to that same color palette. Another approach is to consider other colors that would work well with your main color.

It is easy to get overwhelmed when dealing with colored fabrics. Therefore, it is important to study what colors would work well together. This will create a beautiful symmetry in your interior design. Otherwise, this could cause the colors to clash if they are not compatible with each other. You can neutralize your space by opting for tone on tone colors.

Tip 4: Focus on the details.

It can be confusing where and how to start when decorating with printed fabrics at home. But you can draw inspiration from the patterns itself. You can use the pattern as a point of inspiration so you can determine what theme to use for decorating. For example, geometric patterns depict a contemporary space while floral prints can freshen up your home décor. Take this into account when you are trying to decide what theme to use for your interior décor.

Tip 5: Impactful or intimate?

This is somewhat related to scale. Larger and bolder prints can be easily seen from across the room. But smaller prints require a closer look. It can create a huge impact when it comes to the ambiance and overall feel of your home interior. A good factor to consider when trying to mix and match printed fabric is to look at the size of the room. Larger prints can overwhelm a small room, but smaller prints can render an intimate environment for small spaces. 

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