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Decorating isn’t just about finding the right furniture or choosing the best lighting. It is also a careful process of comparing textures, patterns, and colors to create a unique, but attractive look. With a variety of options available to any homeowner, it can easily become overwhelming to know what goes well together and what really should be separated by walls.

Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to approach this subtle yet vital step in transforming a space.

Do: focus on the colors

One of the easiest ways to ensure your patterns look good together is as simple as looking at the colors. You can mix patterns. A beautiful patterned love seat will do well with a textured and patterned pillow.

To ensure this does well, it’s best to focus on the colors in each pattern. For example, choose a pillow that has at least one or more colors from the love seat. This creates that all-important link between the two, creating a beautiful look and letting the two items interact with each other within the interior design.

Do: be careful with the color mixing

Unless you want a completely eclectic look in your home, avoid mixing pastel colors with bright colors. Warm colors and cool tones often go well together, creating a tasteful balance. But choose one contrasting pair rather than over-complicating things with too many combinations.

By mixing too many colors in the same space, you confuse the eye. The different shades cause the viewer of the space to dart between one item to the next. Instead, keep a cool or warm tone throughout the entire space for a more relaxing, welcoming feel overall.

Don’t: rely on one color

On the other hand, some people like to match everything. They pick the same shade of color for every component in the room. If you’ve ever walked into a little girl’s pink bedroom, you’ll instantly know the problem. With so much of one color or so many matching items, it is hard to create any focal point in the space.

Adding complimentary colors, on the other hand, can greatly reduce this problem while still allowing the user the “one-color” theme. When you mix colors, textures, and patterns, you create more interest and character in the space.

Don’t: focus on just one texture

Make it a point to include various textures in the same space. You’ll notice that this creates more depth and interest in the room. For example, you can easily match a plush rug with leather furnishings. You can match textured pillows with smooth, soft upholstery. The key is to give the senses a workout when designing a space. This helps to make that happen.

Do balance well

Finally, make sure you include some balance. When you have a lot of patterns in the space, use solid colors to offer some common point and linking component. This helps to provide more balance to a busy space and helps bring the look together.

With a few key tips, it is possible to transform the look and feel of your home in no time, especially when it comes to colors and textures.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.