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How to mix and match: 5 tips for a room refresh

How to mix and match: 5 tips for a room refresh

Adding a bold bunch of patterns is a great way to refresh a room, simply by updating the textiles. Here are five of our best tips to make sure your mix looks its best.

Keep one thing consistent

Keep one thing consistent

Even the wildest mix of patterns can be secretly tamed by one common theme: here, every fabric consists of just one strong colour combined with a creamy white. Blue and white floral, black and white stripes, green and white dots, navy and white plaid...the white colour consistency creates underlying calm while the pattern mix brings the wow.

It’s ok to combine different types of fabrics, too - adding texture into the mix makes it more interesting.

It’s ok to combine different types of fabrics, too - adding texture into the mix makes it more interesting.

Set the scale

Set the scale

All the dots, florals, geometrics, plaids and stripes on the duvet covers, bed linens, pillows and bedspreads here are of the same general size and boldness, because similar scale patterns work well together.

Balance a bold textile mix with neutral furniture

Balance a bold textile mix with neutral furniture

All the furniture in this room is natural-coloured: pine, rattan and bamboo. Whether light or dark wood, or a painted or coloured finish, try and create some consistency in the furniture that you use in a room with a pattern mix.

Different colourways of the same pattern

Different colourways of the same pattern

If you find a pattern you like, check to see if it comes in more than one colourway. Including a combo of the same pattern in different colours always makes for a visually interesting mix.

Make an accessory love match

Make an accessory love match

Adding in just one or two decorative details in other materials with the same colour and pattern story - like this striped white and blue ceramic jug - helps complete the look in a fun way.