Are you completely confused on how to coordinate fabrics or mix and match patterns or are you are thinking about redecorating? Luckily, I have a love of fabric and love to help!
My mom fundamentally taught me the art and skill of mixing fabric patterns and color. I grew up watching her decorate our homes – we moved a few times! Over time decorating multiple houses of my own and having a career in home decor, I’ve been able to hone my own skills to create a simple formula that I’ve used for years.
Mixed and Matched Fabric Patterns
The family room in my home will be our classroom! A little bit of history. All of the core upholstered furniture pieces in my family room I’ve owned for 10+ years! I’ve been able to breathe new life into them by re-upholstering each piece in new coordinating fabrics.
If you invest in well-made furniture (my mom taught me that too!), it’s a great option to re-upholster the pieces to get a couple of rounds of new home decor of out of them. A little paint and fabric go a long way to update a room.
Coordinating Fabrics is Easy When You Have Items Made for You
Did you know how easy it is to have pillows and drapes made? It becomes especially helpful when you can’t find drapes or pillows that you love.
It really it doesn’t cost that much more, if you find the right seamstress or re-upholsterer. Sometimes it’s just easier to have them made verses combing the internet and driving around town searching for that look that you have in your mind!
Many people ask me where I bought my drapes and pillows, but unfortunately they can’t be bought. However, the look CAN be recreated with my simple formula. That’s how I achieved a home decor design that is unique to me and you can too.
Here are the core fabrics in my family room and the main wall paint color:
Do you see how the fabrics coordinate?
The simple key is this: coordinate fabric patterns that are small, medium and large scale together in the same room. Mix those patterns with a solid base fabric either with or without a texture.
5 Step Formula to Coordinate Fabrics
- Start with a neutral base of white, cream or khaki
- Find 2 colors that are complementary to the core neutral
- Small-scale pattern fabric
- Medium-scale pattern fabric
- Large-scale pattern fabric
You can see my fabrics don’t exactly “match” and every single one is from a different manufacturer. The fabrics instead “coordinate”.
Neutral camel fabric on the sofa with a herringbone woven texture.
Large pattern blue, cream, and camel stripe used in drapes.
Medium pattern on club chairs combining blue, cream, and camel.
Small quilted blue with cream dot pattern used on both the French chair and pillows.
Here is a mood board that you can use on Pinterest showing how I developed the coastal color palette for my family room. It’s all about sand, sun and surf!
5 Step Formula in Real Life
Are you feeling a little more confident in how to coordinate fabrics in your home, but want a totally different color palette? Are you like me and love the most recent Pottery Barn catalog? Let’s go shopping together!
Pretend that my club chairs and French chair are cream, keep my sofa the same camel fabric and let’s redecorate in our minds!
Coordinating Fabric Example from Pottery Barn
I used the same simple 5 step formula to coordinate fabric patterns! Isn’t that easy? If you love this look, I’ll link the items below:
Want a totally custom-made look like I created? Most fabric stores have a designer that will guide you for FREE. Support your local community and find a fabric store near you and they will help you through the process and likely have or will recommend a furniture upholsterer as well.
Want to know more about my home and how I applied this principle throughout the downstairs? Check out this article on how to decorate an open concept home and the paint colors I used.
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