A few month’s ago, I talked about my love for decorating with prints in my home. Today, I thought I would take a deeper look into the how to process of decorating with prints.
But first, a few of the basics:
For decorating with both color and prints, I really like to have a neutral base, which is why all of my walls are white (also because I just love white). It makes it so much easier if you want to change it up because I hate having to paint! We are slowly repainting our whole house, and every time we get a room done, I remember why I love white paint and how much I hate painting. So my suggestion is neutral walls. My go to paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White.
Keep a similar color palate
Now that you have your neutral base, pick your color palate. I would go with 3 – 4 colors (one probably being white). Have 1 or 2 colors in all of the prints to tie things together. And I wouldn’t go overboard on the colors. For example, our living room is mostly blue / navy and white, with some pink.. I think having a lot of different colors going on makes a room feel overwhelming and busy, especially if you have several patterns in there.
Now to really deciding on your prints:
Stripes are almost a neutral
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, stripes are my favorite print. Whether it is in my closet or in my home, I adore anything striped. And stripes really work well with every other print. Some prints don’t play as nicely with other prints, but you can always count on a stripe to work. You can go for a bold stripe, or a small pinstripe. So when in double, consider a stripe.
If you want to incorporate a really bold pattern, like a large floral rug, it might help to start with that and build around it. Consider that big, bold pattern to be your focal point and work out from it.
If you are a little unsure about mixing different prints (like a floral and a polka dot), try one print in two different sizes, like a large stripe and a smaller stripe. They will look different but still be in the same family.
Have some solids
Just like you don’t want a room to be a color explosion, you also don’t want it to be a pattern explosion. We have several prints in our living room, but our couch is solid navy. Solids help anchor the prints and give the room a little more order. I suggest your solids be one of the colors that are also in your prints to really bring it all together.
And now, here are a few combinations to get you started:
This is a similar look to my living room. In fact, the rug is my exact rug. I love stripes and floral together.
I love this combo of blues and greens for an entry way or those nooks that you don’t really know what to do with but need something. I love the mixtures of different blues and greens. Since it is all a similar color family, it doesn’t feel too busy.
I love this combination for a bedroom. There is a lot going on with the colors and prints in the bedding, so the subtle striped rug is a nice compliment. And the orange bench would really bring out the orange in the bedding.
I love this look for a dining room or eat in kitchen. It makes me wish that our dining room that is now Charlie’s office was still a dining room. Pink, gray and white are a favorite combination. I did 2 different patterns with our chairs in our kitchen (2 of each) and I love the look!
So hopefully if you were a little unsure about doing multiple prints, this helps a little. How do you feel about prints in your house?