How to Mix & Match Prints and Colors

Broadstone Little Italy - San Diego, CA
Broadstone Little Italy - San Diego, CA

Stacey London and Clinton Kelly taught us how to mix and match the clothes in our wardrobes, but how do we bring this same creativity into our homes? Here are some tips for how to make your home match your hip personality and vibrant neighborhood.

Review Color Vocabulary-Reds, yellows, oranges and beige are your warm colors. Blues, greens, and greys are cool colors. Greens and Purples can be either warm or cool depending on their mix. For example if a purple has more blue than red in it, it’s going to be a cool color. Black is considered a warm color, while white is considered cool. Finally, if two colors are complementary it means that they are on the opposite side of the color wheel (ex: red and green or blue and orange).

Select Color Palette-Decide whether your color scheme is going to be warm or cool. It’s best not to use more than one complementary color in your palette, as this can overwhelm the room. Make sure there is a neutral color in your palette to unify your combinations of prints and colors.

Find a Focal Point-Pick an item that all of your colors and patterns can be based on. This can be a couch, duvet, pillow, rug or even a vase.

Find Variety-Within your color palette, use prints that have different sizes, shapes, and textures. If your focal point has a large sized print, then the rest of your accessories should mostly consist of smaller sized prints. In general, try to have a balance of large and small sized prints.

How do you mix and match prints and colors without clashing? Share your tips & tricks with us!