How to Mix Prints Like This Star Designing Duo
After a peek at the easy-breezy, nature-inspired prints that make up the kid-friendly (but adult-pleasing!) textiles of Lewis, it’s hard to not want to completely overhaul your space. But to be able to layer all those hues and prints in just the right way takes some serious skills—which, lucky for all of us, the founders Liz Libré and Lizzy Ott have. We asked Lizzy to show us the way so we can get in on their fun, too.
WHEN IN DOUBT, COLOR-BLOCK.
“For starters, we love color-blocking when layering prints–using prints that fall in the same color family or have a common color helps unify them.”
REMEMBER: CONTRAST IS KEY.
“We also like to choose contrasting print scales and busyness. If you have one loud or large, dense print, choose another print at a smaller scale that is more sparse. The sparseness creates breathing space and allows them to work together instead of competing.”
KEEP THE CLASSICS IN MIND.
“We also love to get a graphic in the mix for good juxtaposition. We choose a plaid or stripe in the same color family or in a neutral that really adds structure to our layering—this could be a rug, a dress, or a throw blanket.”
DON’T FORGET TEXTURE COUNTS, TOO!
“Textures work in the same way prints do, which is a great way to get a semi-solid in the layering. A matelassé bed cover, a braided rug, and a woven handbag are all quieter ‘prints’ that give a solid grounding to your grouping.”
HAVE A COLOR WHEEL ON HAND.
“If you want to mix colors, we suggest consulting your color wheel. Choose a complementary color to your majority color—look across the color wheel for options!—and it will keep the eye happy. And maybe most importantly, have fun! The more love you put into how you layer and combine your prints, the more YOU will shine through.”