The Minimalist’s Guide to Decorating with Patterns
Published Jan 20, 2018 10:04 AM
As a self-proclaimed minimalist, I am all too familiar with the struggle that comes with the practice of mixing and matching patterns. My apartment features an almost exclusively whitewashed aesthetic, save for the single moment of color brought in by a vintage-inspired indigo dresser and a handful of plants. The absence of pattern is all too real, as my design style tends to skew towards the understated. And for as much as I enjoy said aesthetic, my space feels incomplete sans an intricate moment of contrast. Textures can only go so far, and there are only so many plants and potted greens I can fit into a tiny studio. Hence why a handful of subdued accent pieces, each featuring a delicate print, can really go a long way. Ahead, a few helpful tips for mixing and matching prints and patterns, specifically for the minimalist at heart.
Throw pillows are a saving grace for those who are inclined towards the most non-committal approach to decorating with pattern. It’s undeniably one of the easier methods of incorporating a fresh print within your space—be it you embracing a new trend or simply testing out a new style. Not only is it an effortless way to add a pop of color to a monochromatic scheme, but it also helps establish a dynamic finish with an element of depth. Feeling especially bold? Bring in a patterned throw, to make things even more interesting.
When it comes to the actual practice of mixing and matching prints, keep things simple by working with a cohesive color palette. It’s perfectly acceptable to keep it monochrome, instead opting for two subtly diverse patterns—much like Madewell designer Joyce Lee did, in her stunning home.
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In this light-filled Cali bedroom, a handful of globally-sourced textiles lend a defining element of contrast against the all-white and minimal decor scheme. Borrowing the soothing blues from the woven throw on the bed, the subtly patterned floor piece helps complete the finish of the room.
At the end of the day, it’s all about creating a space in which you will feel the most at ease. Introducing pattern into a minimalist scheme can seem intimidating—speaking from experience here—but starting out small definitely helps. Focus on one specific room, or better yet, a specific area, such as the sofa or a bookshelf. Play with textures and incorporate color, until you find a combination that speaks to you. Who knows, maybe in time, your home will be filled to the brim with an exciting slew of vibrant prints that inspire.
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