Mix it up: playing with pattern

Our patterns have been designed to enjoy each others company! So we have looked at each one and made sure it has friends in the collection. So they can hangout together. 

To get you started and see how patterns play together we have put schemes together for each pattern. Showing how you can play with the, picking up hues and shapes within each and creating a visual flow through to other designs. There are different pallettes and patterns for each print so that you can take each one in several design directions.



The textures have been designed to play with all our main stories:

There are small organic prints (trees / hills) that feel fairly solid and quietly pull schemes together.



The stripes ‘ziggy’ and ‘chevron’ are great at off setting lush organic patterns and florals.


Teepee and Greek Key are classic geometrics whose angular lines play with all our looser patterns from ikats to florals and organics.



These are a few Parker and Jules tips for mixing patterns:

Feeling nervous? Start with 3 tonal patterns. Layer in accent colours using other objects in the room vases/lamps/art/house plants. Then your printed patterns flow over similar colours and variety is added with accessories which are easy to change and shift colour stories with.

We often front and back our cushions in different patterns and add a contrast pattern pipe or trim: it brings three patterns together you can then work these across a room, building up from this. Sometimes we get carried away!

 Scale is a game changer, if all your patterns are the same scale they are all shouting for attention! You want different scales for you patterned scheme: large to small, or medium to tiny (like or hills and trees).

Got the hang of it? Take 5 prints or more and remember scale, pattern type (stripe/organic etc) and colour flow.

and finally…

Remember your base cloth, these influence the way colour and pattern read, adding a textural note and subtly changing the way colour prints. So make sure your samples always link to your final base cloth fabric order!

Consider the whole room: we looked carefully at lovely paint companies and how our colours worked in their schemes so get your paint charts out and play with Parker and Jules. We would love to see what you create? Will you hashtag us at #ParkerandJules #patternplay