Brooklyn based designer and artist Rebecca Atwood is launching her first book in a few days and I was really excited to get my hands on a copy the other day. I love pattern and admittedly I am at times unsure how to mix patterns in a fun but cohesive way so this book was an eye opener for me and is packed with tons of great advice. In Living With Pattern, Rebecca demystifies how to use this design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house.
Before I get more into Rebecca’s book, check out all the little goodies that came with it! (Except the doilies – those are mine that I can’t seem to be able to dye black. Maybe I should get some tips from her since her hand-dyed textiles are incredibly beautiful and she clearly knows what she’s doing.) A side note: the cover is her beautiful Speckled Fabric in Navy.
These next few photos are a glimpse inside the book. Eye candy, and trust me when I say you are going to want ALL THE PILLOWS and ALL THE PATTERNS.
On a card within the book were her top tips for pattern mixing which I thought I would share.
1. New to pattern? Keep your color palette tight to unite different styles.
2. Mix up the scale with an assortment of small, medium and large scale prints.
3. Use bigger prints on areas you want to draw the eye, and smaller prints on areas you want to recede in space.
4. Consider proportion– about 40-60% of the room should be patterned.
5. Remember to have fun! Pattern is the best tool for telling your story. If you love it, you can make it work.
(P.S. Use her hashtags #RApatternmixing and #LivingWithPattern to share with her your awesome pattern mixing techniques)
Below are some samples from her online shop where she carries fabric, artwork, pillows, wallpaper, blankets, table linens and baskets. I want everything. SO GOOD!