Hi everyone! I recently was tapped to collaborate with Society6, a site that helps artists produce their work onto different mediums across the globe (anywhere from art prints to floor pillows and California to the Maldives). My particular assignment was to show ways that I mix patterns in my home. As someone that tends to keep patterns light and simple, this was a fun little challenge for me to pull together. In the end, I love the added intention it brought to my home and love the products. They’re great quality! Anyway — I had a great morning shooting in our home, having a wonderful conversation with photographer Samantha West (she is so awesome!), and enjoying Oliver’s photo-bombing skills. Here is the article, shown here on society6:
Stripes, spots, florals, plaids—our eyes are inexplicably drawn to the prints and patterns that surround us.
However, it’s easy to fall for the more is more mentality and suddenly find yourself in a well-meaning decor disaster with far too many motifs. Franco-American model and artist Alex Noiret has that effortless cool that permeates her work, look, and her home. So (per usual) we Americans asked a French girl how to be unique, yet classic when it comes to incorporating patterns into your home decor.
My name is Alex Noiret and I am a model, artist, and blogger living in Los Angeles with my husband Scott Vance and our cute cat, Oliver. I’ve lived here for more than ten years, but was raised with my French grandmother who taught me about design, colors, and patterns. When I was a little girl she would take me to markets to observe the details in clothing, furniture, fruits and even pastries! When it came to dinnertime, she would have me pick out the “theme for the table” and taught me how to achieve the theme, accordingly. I quickly took note of what looked beautiful and what didn’t, but even so, mixing patterns can be tricky, especially if your style leans towards simplicity. Thankfully, I’ve found a way to mix patterns in a space that can add interest, charm, beauty, refinement and a feeling of intention (or put-togetherness). Here are a few tips (inspired by my grandmother!) that I’ve learned:
1. Determine your color scheme.
Observe the room you want to “umph” with decor, and first determine the color scheme you want to play in, overall. For me, my colors are neutrals (shades of natural wood, beige, greys, whites) along with touches of warm pinks and oranges. Because I really like this family of colors, I know when adding my patterns, I don’t want to stray too far from keeping the colors and patterns within that palette.
2. Choose colors that flow nicely together.
Before adventuring off to find the pattern you’d like, first keep in mind the color(s) you’ve decided to add. Because I like to keep my colors either neutral or analogous (meaning three shades next to each other on a color wheel), I’m open to adding anything neutral, pink, peach, coral or turmeric. I believe in the power of using our intuition and individual taste, but if that’s not enough, following the color wheel and these little charts may help to understand colors and how to combine them to achieve harmony!
3. Choose your style of pattern.
Once you’ve picked out your colors, it’s time to hunt for patterns. What is the style of your home? Is it bohemian? Modern with clean lines? Country? Nautical? Spanish? Moroccan? My home is a mix of modern and bohemian. I do have a few rugs from a trip to Morocco, but for the most part, I want to keep any patterns fairly simple by using clean lines and geometric patterns. I really loved the simplicity of a windowpane pattern and found so many great options on Society6!
4. Add more patterns that flow nicely together.
Once you’ve found a primary pattern you love, it’s time to have more fun by adding more! A rule of thumb for me is to either add patterns that compliment in color, style or both. For example, I stacked four poufs by using four different patterns or colors. They each flow into one another either because their patterns or colors are complimentary.
5. Play with sizes and keep it simple.
Another way to have fun with patterns (while still keeping the room fresh and refined) is to vary the sizes of the style of print. In my bedroom and bathroom, for example, I played with print by using two different styles of windowpane patterns. My primary windowpane pattern is large and simple, while the smaller pillow has a tighter pattern. I then, in the bedroom, added a minimal spotted textile to contrast the linear patterns (all while staying in the same color family).
Just remember, go with the flow, trust your instinct and individuality, pair your patterns like they’re friends (they have a common interest, right?!) and have FUN!
This was my first ever home decor tour, and it was a lot of fun. Thank you to the team at Society6, editor Stephanie Dixon, editorial director Nada Alic and photographer Samantha West.
Oh, and P.S. My morning also consisted of CLEANING! Hence the missing water cups and husband’s scattered socks 😉