When thinking about mixing patterns in your home, the word “clash” can come to mind. Like many, you are left wondering, “will it look good? Will it flow and feel intentional?” I was first introduced to mixing patterns in my grandparents’ home. I was about four years old and the room that my brother slept in had plaid wallpaper with a different plaid blanket on the foot of the bed. That look has stuck with me all these years later. I don’t know how or why, but the two plaids worked perfectly together. When my grandparents moved to a new home, when I was around seven, they upped their pattern mix with beautiful blue, mustard yellow and green curtains, hanging behind a set of chairs upholstered with an Asian motif. Again, it just worked. These examples left me dreaming of one day hand-painting a room plaid and decorating the space with a different plaid pattern wingback chair. Or a mix of florals and gingham. Or stripes and florals… I could think in patterns all day long.
I know this design concept can be sort of intimidating — and not everyone thinks they can pull it off — so I’ve rounded up a mix of ideas to use as a jumping-off point, to get you on your way to living with a mix of patterns. —Erin