Do you ever wonder how to mix and match patterns in your home? I know it can be tricky to figure out what “goes” with what! In today’s post I’ll share some of my secrets for pattern mixing and feature some of my favorite mix-and-match-able pillows from Serena & Lily to make it easier to visualize a variety of patterns together (these pillows are currently on sale, it’s a great time to get discounted pillows and throws + free shipping)!
How to Mix Patterns (tips excerpted from my book The Inspired Room):
There are many ways to effectively mix patterns in a room. Consider starting with a limited color palette (such as one color plus white) in patterns of various scales. These tips can help you mix, match, and experiment.
- Two similar patterns will look best together when connected by a common color or tone of color.
- You can combine three or more patterns in a room, try them in various scales for the most pleasing effect.
- Start simply! Choose a large-scale pattern and a small-scale pattern in the same color family. Mix in solids.
- You can use more than one stripe, just make sure one stripe is wide and one is narrow.
- Use a neutral on walls and flooring to unite the patterns in the room.
- Add interesting patterns with art or objects in a neutral room for a pleasing balance.
- Wood grains and stone contribute organic pattern to a room, so be sure to consider them in the mix as well.
Generally, it’s safer to mix patterns in similar style (traditional with traditional or contemporary with contemporary). But ther will be times when you want to be a bit more bold.
But above all, give yourself permission to experiment! If you love a combination, break the rules all you want!
I’m sharing several combinations of pillows you could mix and match below!