A Primer on Piling on Those Interior Patterns
Hillery Sproatt doesn’t need to be told that loud prints are the new neutrals—she’s a master at dreaming up wonderfully busy ‘n bold blankets that look amazing in pretty much any home. So if you’re feeling nest-y and want something a little more interesting than those blank-space Scandinavian interiors, let the queen of eye-catching help you get there.
DO THE POLKA
“Pairing patterns with solids is a very safe way to start, and I think simple, bold patterns like polka dots are an easy way to introduce pops of color into a more modern or minimal space. I also really love putting patterned textiles on simple pieces of furniture, so I’ll often just drape or fold colorful blankets and quilts onto my chairs and couches.”
Hillery's sister shows how easy it is to get comfy with bold prints.
MATCH COLORS, NOT PATTERNS
“I love mixing unexpected prints—like juxtaposing various colors, shapes and forms. I always like to pair a few differently patterned pillows and blankets with solid sheets. Try and find motifs that will compliment one another instead of just matching perfectly, combining colors in the same family.”
SIZE ‘EM UP
“Varying scale is a wonderful idea when you’re marrying multiple patterns. Larger elements within a design create depth and interest, while a smaller pattern can often read as a solid from far away. The large pattern serves to catch your eye, and the delicate pattern draws you in.”
HAVE FUN WITH IT
“Be playful and don't be afraid! Matching patterns in your house can be a bit like making a collage but with fabric. Finding which pieces look nice together can make you happy! It’s all very personal—there’s no right and wrong.”