Mixing prints is an art form – there is a very fine line between perfect harmony and perfectly tacky. Our favorite fashion blogger, Blair from Atlantic Pacific, is really good at mixing colors and patterns together. Her latest outfit features stripes, light denim, a large animal print, and bright red! How could that work without looking over the top?
It’s all about scale – some prints need to be more subtle so as not to compete. And she doesn’t just stop at the clothing…this girl accessorizes like nobody’s business. Your approach should be the same in an interior. Don’t stop at the furniture – think of her pearl necklace and stack of bracelets. That is when the outfit really starts to come together. Good home accessories offer the same reward.
So, if her outfit were a room, this is what it would like:
I chose this because of the casualness but put together feel of this room. The same can be said about Blair’s ensemble. In this case, the bold pattern is the striped rug, while the animal print is more subtle and takes a back seat. A little bit of red is added in with a pillow, some books and one frame – just enough to make a statement without making the entire room seem like a red room. This room also has great accessories – I think the coffee table is a little cluttered, but I like the variation in the different sizes and colors of the frames above the sofa. The standing mirror adds a formal touch, along with the large brass lamp – very similar to the way Blair incorporates pearls into her modern outfit. Here are a few of our favorite things that would help you achieve a room with stripes, red, and leopard print!
1. Robert Allen – Paolo Linen/Cream, $84 per yard, Samuel & Sons – 1/4″ French Piping/Pale Red, $19 per yard; 2. Pindler & Pindler – Bentley/Pumpkin, $43 per yard; 3. F. Schumacher – Safari/Epingle, $460 per yard; 4. Quadrille – Volpi/Navy on Tint, $198 per yard; 5. Quadrille – Buddakahn/Blues on Oyster, $290 per yard; 6. Made Goods – Bea Stool/Crackled Gold, $420; 7. Jamie Young – Barley Twist Lamp/Black, $220, Medium Drum Shade/Raffia, $162; 8. Arteriors – Lawrence Wood/Iron Mirror, $448; 9. Framed Swedish Bird Print/Heron, $548; 10. Cavallini – Florentine Frames, various prices; 11. Oly Studio – Pierre Chair in coffee leather, $2,800, Pierre Ottoman in coffee leather, $1,100; 12. Madeline Weinrib Atelier – Khaki Blue Note area rug, price available upon request.