A few months ago, I wrote about my love for decorating with color. I also really love to decorate with different prints. Whether they are in bright colors, pastels, or neutrals, prints are a great way to really add some interest to a space.
You can add prints just about anywhere – the fabric of furniture, rugs, throw pillows and blankets, curtains, bedding. If you are going to go with a print for a piece of furniture, my suggestion would be to make sure it is something you really really love (so, don’t go trendy). For me, going with striped chairs in our living room was a no brainer since I love stripes. Another suggestion would be to go with slip covers, so if you change your mind, it isn’t as much of an investment (our chairs and couch are all slip covers).
Benches with a printed cushion on top are a really easy way to add some pattern into a space. The bench that goes across our front window has a playful, colorful pattern that is just enough (eventually I am going to add a striped love seat to the room as well).
Throw pillows are by far the easiest way to add a new print into the mix. You don’t have to spend a fortune, and you can easily switch them out when you want. They are also a great way to start incorporating an accent color, which is what I did to start adding pink into our navy and white living room. I started with pink and white Greek key print pillows (which we still use) and it grew from there.
I like mixing a few different prints to a room to give a little more interest. There are some loose rules I like to follow when it comes to adding different prints to your home:
Have at least 1 color the same in all of the prints (maybe 2 colors)
Just like when you are mixing prints in your wardrobe, having at least 1 like color in the prints helps pull everything together. In my living room, navy and white are the colors that really tie everything together – our chairs are navy and white, the curtains are navy and white, the rug is navy, white, pink and light blue, the entry hall rug is navy, white and teal/blue. Having some similar colors really gives the overall room a much more cohesive feel.
Mix larger prints and smaller prints
Mixing different size prints is always a nice contrast. Maybe you go for a large print leopard pillows against your small striped black and white bedding. Or you use a small floral print area rug under your bold striped couch.
I think you can get away with a few smaller scale prints if that is what you want to do, but I wouldn’t go with all large prints – it is just a little overwhelming for the eyes in my opinion.
Use the same color palette with several prints
If I ever get there, our bedroom is going to be primarily black, gray and white. Our bedding is a dark gray and white striped, the bench at the bottom of our bed is black and white buffalo check, and eventually I want to get some sort of window treatments in a black and white print as well (possibly buffalo check). If color isn’t your thing, try experimenting with several prints in the same neutral color palette.
Try one print in different sizes
In our living room, we have 2 chairs with a small navy and white stripe. And then we have curtains in a large navy and white stripe. I think if you are hesitant in doing too many different prints, doing the same print in different sizes is a happy medium.
Do you like to incorporate prints into your home? What are some of your favorites to use?