Mixing fabrics like a pro

Feb 5, 2018 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi Guys, I often get asked how to mix pattern, colour and texture when it comes to fabrics in my designs. Many designers use techniques around this element of design so well it’s become their signature, take Anna Spiro’s designs at Halycon House as an example.

So if you’re looking to be brave with your choices, and want to use your fabrics as a focus in your design then try these simple rules and honestly you will wonder why your home has been so greige for so long!


It’s as easy as one, two, three….and four!  There are four simple steps when it comes to pattern:

  1. Choose your base fabric – this will most likely be a neutral that works in with your overall scheme, or it could be a block colour such as navy, powder blue or emerald green (I chose these as examples as I’m working with these colours at the moment)
  2. Then choose a main pattern fabric – this will be your jumping off point for the rest of your fabrics. It could be a floral, stripe or a geometric, something that will work with your overall style and also something that has one, two or three key colours for your design. If the pattern has a neutral colour in it, I like to tie this back to my neutral base fabric.
  3. Then choose a large scale pattern that isn’t the same kind of pattern as in step two – So for instance if you went with a floral in step two, make step three’s fabric different, maybe a geometric. Also pick up some colours from your previous 2 fabrics. You could stop here if you like, if you don’t need a forth fabric that’s ok as you may be working in a patterned rug or wallpaper in with this.
  4. If you feel like you need one more then finally choose a small scale pattern – this could be a different pattern again or another floral or geometric.



Through all of the above make sure before you start that you have a colour scheme in your mind. I like to have one neutral picked out and then two accent colours, maybe three. That may be a grey, indigo blue and light blue, I might also add in some emerald green. Or beige, hot pink and turquoise (beautiful for a girls bedroom!). So when layering the fabrics you can ensure that each fabric has at least one of your colours, if not two or perhaps if you’re lucky enough you may find a fabric that is just perfect and captures all of your colours, this a dream find and should be use in good quantities!

Below are some of my favourite combinations.

NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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