How to mix and match colours and patterns in spatial design?

How to mix and match colours and patterns in spatial design?

Colour and pattern can be used to create beautiful and unique spaces. But if you're not careful, it's easy to go overboard and create a space that's too busy or overwhelming.

One great feedback I got for Cleanstone is that some of the mixes can be too busy and require more neutral colours and patterns around it to even out the space. But with today's Cleanstone sample 016 - Pika (made from 100% recycled soft plastics) - I can't quite decide if it's on the busy or muted spectrum. When viewed up close, it's really busy, but when stepped back the sizes of each 'pixel' blends back like static.

So for the last week I jumped on calls with my design mates for their tips for mixing and matching colours and patterns and these are some of the tips they came back to me with on how their design process may benefit other designers:

1. Choose a colour scheme

Colour schemes will help you narrow down your choices and create a cohesive look. You can choose a monochromatic colour scheme, which is based on one colour and its shades. Or, you can choose a polychromatic colour scheme, which is based on multiple colours.

2. Use contrast

Contrast is key when mixing and matching colours and patterns. Contrast will help your space look more interesting and dynamic. You can create contrast by using different colours, different shades of the same colour, or different patterns.

3. Start with a focal point

Every space needs a focal point. This is something that will draw the eye and anchor the room. Your focal point could be a fireplace, a piece of art, or a statement piece of furniture. Once you have a focal point, you can start to build your color and pattern scheme around it.

4. Don't be afraid to experiment

The best way to learn how to mix and match colors and patterns is to experiment. Try different combinations (colours and materials) and see what you like. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. That's how you'll learn what works and what doesn't.

Bonus tip: Use #sustainablematerials and #recycledplastic panels

Sustainable materials and recycled plastic panels are a great way to create a stylish and sustainable space. For example, you could use recycled plastic panels to create a feature wall in your workspace paired with sustainable and #naturalmaterials, such as bamboo or metals, to create furniture for your #retail store.

Question - I'd love to hear your comments below - is this cleanstone blend Busy or Muted?


Anson Kong your panels are almost ready and will be on their way! I believe this was one you ordered!

Today's model is Daniel - one of Critical.'s talented young technicians or whom we like to call 'chefs'. Sometimes we just stand back and watch them cook. 😴 🙏

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