It may seem confusing to put together prints in your apartment/ home airstream, but I say take it easy and have fun with it. The brilliance of textiles verses furniture is you can always un-stuff those pillows and fold them up and pull them out later. That’s hard to do with a sofa.
Coming out of art school I learned that scale could really make or break a work of art, and I am constantly looking at scale with prints. Mixing scales, from quilt to duvet to pillows creates some exciting dialogue between the elements. I suggest trying some super massive prints with some small ditsy prints and see how you feel about the combinations. I purposely mix scales across our line to create more interesting combinations. There is no set rule on this, as far as I am concerned.
One easy way to make a room or bed work is to color block in a loose manner. The indigos can all be different shades, and you can even mix in some vintage indigoes to spice it up. On the flip side, be daring- mix indigo with coral to see how they dance with each other. Sometimes it will feel right or wrong and it’s up to your eye to decide.
I am not very good at keeping it simple; I love the way patterns dance around a room and converse with each other. To me, more prints is more. I think a grey world is for the birds!
I have a good friend with an impeccable eye and she is always changing out her wardrobe and her home with the seasons, which is an interesting way to look at it. Your moods shift as the sun shifts and colors look different in the fall or winter than they do in the spring. You can adjust your bedding, your throws, or even your pillows on your sofa to reflect the season’s colors as you start to notice in the trees or the skies changing hues.