Pattern can be a wonderful design element to use in your wedding décor. It can add so much character and personality to a wedding that it should definitely be considered as one of the most important parts of your design scheme. You can take your wedding décor to the next level by learning how to successfully combine patterns for even greater impact.
There are many fun things about patterns. They add texture, visual interest and depth, and are an easy way to introduce multiple colors. Each type of pattern also has its own unique feeling that it will bring to a wedding. For instance, a simple country check is casual, a fleur-de-lis is regal, and stripes are fresh and crisp. Whatever style you are going for, you can use the appropriate print to convey your message and theme with grace.
The key to pairing patterns is to choose ones that complement each other. Most importantly, they should have the same vibe. In other words, if your primary print is a Victorian inspired dusty floral, a bold mod circle design just would not make any sense with it. On the other hand, mix your Victorian floral with a rich tartan and you will have a design scheme worthy of an English country home. As for the mod circles, a wavy stripe print would be the ideal companion.
Beyond matching the basic genre of your prints, you should also take into consideration elements such as color and scale. Two disparate designs can become an intriguing combination if they share the same color palette. Even patterns that more easily combine will benefit from having at least one color in common as a unifying element. For example, if you were having an elegant beach wedding, you could combine a classic blue and white seashell print with a nautical blue, white, and yellow stripe for a lovely effect.
Scale is important, too. If you want to combine two floral patterns, one large and exuberant print can be accented by a tiny sprig design. That way, one pattern is primary and the other is secondary. Two very large scale prints would just be overwhelming. On the other hand, be careful not to choose a complementary pattern that is too wimpy if your main print is very bold. The oversized brocade prints that are so in vogue look like the ultimate in chic design when paired with an equally bold stripe, whereas a dainty pinstripe would just get lost.
Once you have selected your patterns, it is time to start mixing them. An easy place to start is with the wedding invitations. One pattern can be on the invitation itself, and the secondary print can be used as the envelope lining. The table linens are another great place to combine design elements. For a country wedding, try traditional red gingham tablecloths with napkins made in a bandanna print. Other patterns to consider for wedding décor would be plaids, paisleys, scrollwork, and toile.
If your wedding is not overly formal, a terrific look is to use two prints on the bridesmaid dresses. A strapless toile dress can be made extra special with the addition of a bias cut stripe stitched on to the hems. When your bridesmaid dresses are fairly busy, stick with simple jewelry like a nice pearl strand. Pearl bridesmaid jewelry makes a wonderful wedding gift from the bride, and it will not compete with a patterned dress.
Once you get the hang of it, combining patterns can be really fun. If done well, it is possible to mix and match three or even four prints for a truly unique design scheme. Your pattern combinations are a wonderful way to put your own personal stamp on your wedding décor.