Mixing patterns is an excellent way to add visual interest and personality to your Hamptons home.
While the Hamptons style often leans towards a clean and neutral aesthetic, with a limited color scheme, introducing patterns can bring depth and character to the space.
However, if done wrong, they can either make or break a space, making a room look busy or boring.
In this guide, we will explore the art of mixing patterns in a Hamptons home, from selecting complementary designs to balancing scale and color.
Dive in, and get ready to create a stylish and harmonious space that showcases your Hamptons style!
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4 Simple Rules for Mixing Patterns in a Hamptons Home
1. Stick to the Hamptons Color Scheme
Classic coastal and Hamptons styles have a limited color scheme of white, blue, and/or neutral (beige, sand) so all you need to do is stick to your Hamptons color scheme, using white or soft cream, and blue.
Then either go dual tone with only white and blue or cream and blue, or add two shades of blue to the white in the same cool or neutral undertone (don’t mix blue with green undertones with blue with cool or neutral undertones, because it doesn’t flow well).
2. Start with a dominant color or pattern
Begin by selecting a dominant color or pattern that serves as the focal point of the design.
If you have a navy blue headboard, use this color as the focal point; if you have a beautiful picture of the ocean and sand, use those same tones; alternatively, if you’re lucky to have a view to the ocean, even if in the distance, you can pick that blue undertone and bring that view indoors.
Once you have your dominant pattern or color, you can then choose complementary smaller-scale patterns to complete the look.
3. Mix Stripes, Solids and another Pattern
Classic and timeless, stripes are the must-have pattern in any coastal style, so you shouldn’t skip it.
Then add a solid color to create space to breathe.
And add another pattern that picks one or both the colors chosen.
The contrast between stripes and the organic shapes creates a visually captivating composition, but stripes can be combined with stripes, just follow the next rule.
These are some of the classy and coastal Hamptons patterns you can choose from:
Florals, Damask, Fleur de Lis or Paisley: Soft, botanical-inspired and royal patterns can add a touch of tradition to the room.
Trellis, Quatrefoils, Ropes: either designed with simple lines or with rope prints.
4. Vary pattern sizes
Balance is key when it comes to pattern mixing.
If you use patterns of the same scale they can clash and compete with each other.
By combining patterns of different scales, you avoid overwhelming the space. Instead you create a well-balanced and cohesive look.
The combination of large-scale and small-scale patterns adds depth and dimension, allowing each pattern to shine without overpowering the others.
Pairing Large Stripes with Medium to Small Florals or Stripes
If you choose large stripes as one of the patterns, then pair them with medium to small floral/royal prints or smaller stripes. This combination creates a visually dynamic and balanced look.
The boldness of the large stripes adds drama and creates a focal point, while the smaller florals or stripes give a delicate balance.
It’s a classic mix that never fails to impress!
Complementing Large Florals with Smaller Stripes
On the other hand, if you choose large floral prints as your main pattern, then it’s best to complement them with smaller stripes.
The contrast between the organic shapes of the florals and the linear nature of the stripes creates a visually captivating composition.
Putting it All Together
Mixing patterns in a Hamptons home allows you to infuse your space with rhythm and style, taking your room from boring to luxurious.
Maintain a cohesive color palette to ensure a harmonious look, mix stripes with solids and organic patterns and vary the scale.
These are safe rules to create stylish and inviting Hamptons rooms that showcases your pattern-mixing prowess while maintaining the timeless elegance of the Hamptons style.
Embrace the art of pattern play and transform your home into a captivating classy Hamptons haven.