How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro. Easy. Peasy.

This post is part of a special series featuring guest blogger Jen Pollard of Park Place DesignsAs part of this series Jen will help those of us who are not interior designers, but aspiring pattern designers, understand how patterns are used in interiors. She’s gonna share with us all of her secrets…I can’t wait!

How to mix patterns like a pro. Easy. Peasy.

 

Gone are the days of matching chintz floral pillows. Can I have a “hallelujah”? And in its place there’s a whole lot more freedom. Mixing, matching, clashing? All fair game. But how do you approach this? How do you mix patterns with a casual “I am in NO way trying too hard; I just have this stylish” flair? I’ve got pattern mixing secrets. And I want to let you in on them.

For this lesson we’ll focus on throw pillows. Time to mix patterns!
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The Story Behind the Pattern with Sam Merrill

Today I am thrilled to share with you the work of surface pattern designer, Sam Merrill. I first came across Sam’s work when I saw a pattern she created for her Agatha Christie, poisonous plants collection.  I was taken by the art deco style of the pattern and loved that she was using something so unique, so dark and so mysterious as cyanide to inspire her craft. I knew right away I had to interview Sam to find out find out more about her creative process and the role storytelling plays in her work.

The Story Behind the Pattern with Sam Merrill

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Hey Fishy, Fishy! Making A Pattern Using Public Domain Images

 

In my very first post I highlighted how much I love the New York Public Library’s digital collection. It is a great source of inspiration for pattern designers (and history lovers too)!

Today I thought I’d show you how I used one of the collection’s public domain images in a pattern.

 

Hey Fishy, Fishy! Making a Pattern Using Public Domain Images

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Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass

Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass

I’ve made lots and lots of patterns. Hundreds at this point. And one thing I’ve learned is that when I have a meaningful point of inspiration behind a pattern, when I can quite literally infuse it with meaning, it tends to kick ass.

 

For example, I love these two patterns I created for my Mom. They bring to mind memories of my time with her and remind me of how special she was to me. When I designed these patterns, years apart from each other, they both flowed out of me effortlessly. Continue reading “Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass”

Floral Pattern: From Sketch to Final

Today I thought I’d share with you the process I went through to create a floral pattern, inspired by springtime in Japan. I think it’s always fun to see how a pattern went from inspiration to final product, so here we go!

Floral Pattern: From Sketch to Final

Inspiration

I thought a lot about Japan in spring and just let my imagination go wild. I created an inspiration board with flowers, colors and words that fit with my overall idea for the pattern. Continue reading “Floral Pattern: From Sketch to Final”