In April, our instagram (@firstsevenconsulting) was all about mixing prints. Our followers thought the images were beautiful and inspiring, but also kind of intimidating.
For some people mixing prints comes naturally, they have an innate sense of what works and what doesn't, and they can put together effortlessly amazing looks on autopilot. However, the vast majority of us need some guidance, or a least a few ‘rules’ to get started. So, if you want to be a print mix master, look no further! These basic guidelines will have you mixing prints like a pro in no time! As with anything new, start small and get more adventurous as your confidence grows.
Size and scale are really important when mixing prints. A safe bet is to choose one larger print to be the primary print, then a smaller print to compliment. You don’t want the prints to be competing with each other. You can also choose the same print in different sizes for a chic put together look.
Color is key to creating a cohesive, but mixed, look. Make sure there is at least one color in common across all prints. If you’re just dipping your toe into the world of prints, start by picking one color scheme: black, white and gray is always a safe choice. You can choose two different prints in this color scheme for an instant update. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and working with two or more prints, make sure there is at least one color in common across the pieces.
Know your Neutrals:
A neutral can ground two prints or provide the link between multiple patterns. Also, are you ready for this? In the world of print mixing, you can actually consider stripes and leopard print neutrals!
The best thing about prints is that you can have fun with them. While we did provide some ‘rules’, don’t overthink it. If you think it works...go for it.
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