Inspiration

Five Ways to Mix Patterns

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Hello everyone, I’m so happy to welcome back contributing writer Michelle from Ten June today to offer some tips on a hot topic in interior design: how to mix patterns. Each designer has their way of bringing a space to life with the use of mixed patterns and if you study them carefully, there are always tips to glean from great design. Today Michelle is back to share five helpful ways to mix patterns. 

“Hello, hello! It’s great to be back here writing at Centsational Girl. After taking some time off to have my first little one, I’m ready to dive back into discussing the world of interior design. And where better to start than one of designs most puzzling concepts: mixing patterns. 

First off, bravo to you if you are already a whiz at pattern mixing! It’s one of those skills that I marvel at, kind of like when someone can do long division in their head or remember the capital city in every state. For me, the concept of mixing patterns in interior design is tough and is something I strive to learn more about as I play with patterns in my own home.

Today, though, I’ve done my homework and am excited to share with you a few tried and true methods to mixing different patterns in interior design. Think of it as sort of a “Pattern Mixing For Dummies” approach if you will. Without further ado, here are five approaches to effectively mixing patterns in design.

five ways to mix patterns

 

1. Start with Solids. If you ever feel overwhelmed with the patterns you are trying to piece together, simply start with a solid foundation and mix in a few more solid pillows to help break up the patterns.  It’s an easy way to get polka dots, florals, and graphic or exotic prints to work together when the backdrop is a solid, or you’ve separated the patterns with solid color fabrics.  

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Oh Happy Day

 

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Pottery Barn

 

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Amber Interior Design

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Better Homes & Gardens

 

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Solutions for Renters: Kitchens

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Greetings everyone!  The ‘Solutions for Renters’ series continues today and I’ve gathered up a few ideas for you to spruce up those kitchen spaces with temporary solutions that incorporate your personal tastes and unique style.

Kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest to personalize since they’re mostly made up of choices that are unchangeable – cabinets, tile, flooring, countertops, and faucets – all those details you’re stuck with while you rent. So what is to be done? You can accept the situation, or tweak the space with a few of these ideas. Here are nine savvy solutions to personalize kitchens in rental homes and apartments, many apply to homeowners too looking to beautify kitchens on a budget!

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1.  Change the Backsplash.  If you’re lucky, you’ll have decent cabinets in your rental but if you dislike the backsplash there is good news, you can always change it. Sure you won’t be ripping out tile but here are some smart and equally effective ideas. Nester wasn’t crazy about the pinkish tile in hers so she installed white beadboard panels to lighten up the look in her rental home.

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Nesting Place

Jessica at Four Generations One Roof took it to the next level with her removable backsplash where she installed beautiful glass tile on panels, ones she can take with her or reuse in the future.

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Four Generations One Roof

Mount boards covered with chalkboard paint, consider tin tiles either plain or painted; tattoo your tiles with a few of the available products, or use vinyl to add a pattern to a plain backsplash wall. Did you know there are peel and stick tiles on the market? Time to get creative incorporate a look you love that you can install as a temporary solution while you live with someone else’s design choices.

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Design*Sponge / DIY Network / Tile Tattoos / Vinyl Backsplash / Peel & Stick Tile

 

2.  Remove cabinet doors.  If your kitchen cabinetry in your rental is not your favorite or you feel the need to lighten up, Emily’s solution for removing cabinet doors is a smart one. She’s not renting, but instead of repainting all of the cabinetry in her home, she simply removed the doors on the upper cabinets and painted the backs a dark charcoal – in a rental home you can do the same or even use wallpaper or wrapping paper to dress up the backs and secure it with double sided tape.

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Country Living

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Apartment Therapy

 

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