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It’s time for springtime

With the official arrival of spring, I always get the urge to “redecorate” my house. Incorporating bright colors and fun patterns into your home can be the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming warmer weather. However, it can be difficult to match patterns and colors within your home. Have no fear! You can use pretty patterns and fun prints in your decor without turning the room into one huge kaleidoscope.

4 Tips How to Mix & Match Colors and Patterns at Home

1. Stick with a color scheme: Selecting a common color palette can go a long way in coordinating patterns. Stick with similar hues to draw your eye to the color – not the varying patterns. However, this doesn’t mean all of your colors have to be the same hue. Try out multi-colored fabrics, but use a color that is similar throughout all the patterns for a cohesive look.

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2. Save the color for accent pieces: Use various shades of neutral colors, such as off-white, beige or cream, for the bigger pieces of furniture in your house. Couches, love seats, coffee tables and bookshelves make great neutral pieces and are more “permanent” fixtures in your home. To spruce up your space, save the various colors and patterns for accent pieces such as pillows, side chairs and tables. The great thing about accent pieces? They’re interchangeable! The pillows pictured below are fabulous for spring; however, they’re easy to change out when fall rolls around.

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Products in the photo:
White Lattice Cottage Mirror
Navy Lattice Toss Pillow
Orange Ikat Pillow
Slipper Chair in Blue Diamonds
Coral Accent Table

3. The rule of threes: Most experts suggest sticking with three (sometimes four) different patterns in a variety of size and scale. If you have too many competing patterns, it confuses the eye and can make your space seem cluttered. Save the large scale pattern for the focal point of the room, such as wallpaper or patterned curtains, such as the ones below.

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Jacquard Ikat Window Panels

4. Experiment, experiment, experiment! Don’t be intimated by the idea of mixing patterns and colors into your home. Sometimes the best combinations of colors and patterns aren’t necessarily logical. Focus on color, size, scale and texture and trust your instincts – if you think it looks good, then that’s really all that matters. The most important “rule” in decorating is that you love what you create. After all, it’s your space, so it should make you happy!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.

 

About Caitlin Covington

Caitlin Covington is a Public Relations Strategist living and working in Greenville, South Carolina. A self-proclaimed shopaholic and lover of all things southern, she has a passion for great style and good living. Caitlin loves to create, whether it's a healthy meal, a chic outfit or a photo collage for her apartment. If not shopping, cooking or dreaming up something new, Caitlin is probably writing about it for her fashion and lifestyle blog called Southern Curls & Pearls. You can also connect with Caitlin on Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. I like the mix and match of the orange and the blue…it has a very preppy vibe for me!

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