Mixing patterns like polka dots and stripes can add interest to a design when done correctly. Whether the fabric is used for clothing or for a room's decor as pillows or curtains, coordinating these patterns can be tricky. Though polka dots and stripes are very different patterns, they can go well together if you follow guidelines such as colour family. When choosing fabric, consider what type of project you are planning, and the overall style you are trying to achieve.
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Choose a colour family. Polka dot and stripe fabrics can go together if they are in the same colour family. According to the Better Homes and Gardens website, using one colour plus a neutral can help coordinate the two patterns. While the polka dot and stripe fabrics should have the same colour, they can have different shades of this colour and still be coordinated.
Use different size patterns. If your striped fabric is small in scale, consider using a larger polka dot pattern. This size combination will help contrast and coordinate the patterns, as long as they are in the same colour family.
Use complementary colours. If you would like to use polka dot and striped fabric in more than one colour, choose colours that are across from each other on the colour wheel. Combinations could include red and green, blue and orange or yellow and violet. Each shade can be darkened or lightened and still go together. For example, red lightened to pink can still go well with green and help coordinate the patterns.
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