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Does patterns annoy you?

Do certain patterns give you a headache ?

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi na'kiyah,
For me I get headaches with patterns that looks like it's moving when you're looking at it.
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Pam’s Answer

People have different perceptions of patterns just like colors. While a subtle pattern may not give you a headache, it also might be boring! In general, high contrast patterns that appear to show movement, are the most likely to be hard to look at. An example of this would be black and white stripes or zig-zag lines. Patterns also follow trends and fads in both fashion and interiors. A pattern that you don't like now, you may like in 10 years when it is on trend in a different color combination.

Some people don't like to mix patterns in their clothing or in a room. There are some guidelines to follow though that will assist you in combining patterns successfully. These are:

- With 3 or more patterns, have at least one be the largest size, one a medium size and one small in size.
- Make sure that one of the patterns draws the most attention and is the focal point. This might be because it is the largest or the boldest color or both.
- Have a common color scheme for all of the patterns. Say your color scheme consist of the primary colors of red, yellow and blue. One pattern might be a small yellow and white stripe. Another may be a texture with mostly blue and some small amounts of yellow. A third pattern might be a floral with all three colors in it. Each pattern does not need to have all 3 colors.
- Use uneven amounts of the patterns. If you color scheme is a monochromatic with all blue, you might use only 10% of a pattern with dark blue, 30% of a pattern with medium blue and the remaining 60% of a pattern with light blue, rather than 33 1/3 % of each.

Try some of these pattern mixing suggestions and see how you do.
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Patricia’s Answer

I like it, but some people find it extremely annoying. While patterns are common in nature, we must use caution when incorporating them into interior design.
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