Our Favorite Homes That Mix Patterns Together in One Space

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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

  1. Kelsey says:

    Love it! Whenever I buy/make/find something new for my home, I gravitate towards patterned pieces… so I kind of have no choice but to live surrounded by mixed patterns. It might be too much for some people but to me it feels cozy and alive!

  2. I have such admiration for people who can mix patterns and colors effectively. A great tip I got from a designer friend is that if you have one color—green, say—you can mix all sorts of patterns with that color in all its hues, from kelly to acid greens, and it will work as the thread between multiple patterns. I’ve always tried to keep that in mind and it works every time!

  3. Jana says:

    Patterns are always a good addition to any interior. My pet peeve is when people mix them randomly. I almost always go with turkish kilim motives. And try to match them as much as i can.

  4. Kim says:

    I would be interested in seeing (or reading about) some color mixing for a desert theme. Seems easy on the surface, but it is also sort of limiting. For instance, my husband and I moved to the desert a few years ago to start a business and enjoy the unique beauty and colors. But, everything outside is a shade of brown and all the homes seem to follow suit. We escape to Sedona for the beautiful red rock formations and could mix in red earth tones. But, we want our home to have a little of that and also mix in some traditional colors to offset or pop (earth green, sky blue, yellow maybe). Any tips?


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