3 Tips for Mixing Patterns in Home Decor

Layering patterns can be challenging, but when done right, the payoff is well worth the effort. Take for example our contribution to the Junior League of Boston Design Show House. Our “Inspiring Bath Retreat” contains a large-scale botanical wallpaper, chevron-bedecked claw foot tub, striped garden stool, and a densely patterned chair and throw pillow.

luxury bathroom design by Ana Donohue Interiors
These tips for mixing patterns in interior design will help you understand how to create a good mix.

mixing patterns in interior design
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Start with one pattern and draw from it to choose the others. For instance, the throw pillow on the far left contains a range of red, coral, burgundy, green, and pale yellow, colors that are reflected individually or in pairs throughout the other pillows, accent chair, and rug.

mixing patterns contemporary transitional bedroom
bedroom by Ana Donohue Interiors

Mix up your styles. A combination of different patterns- florals, geometrics, stripes, etc.- will give your room more richness and personality. In the bedroom above, we mixed a floral pattern with a colorful geometric, an understated dot, and an even more subtle duvet with tonal variations of blue on blue.

eclectic colorful living room decor
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Consider scale when choosing patterns. Your mix will work better if you include only one each of a large scale, medium scale, and small scale print. If you do have multiples in each scale, one should be bolder and the other more subtle.

Have you ever experimented with mixing patterns in your home? Share your thoughts on using pattern in the comments below, and contact Ana Donohue Interiors if you are looking for a Boston interior designer to bring your colorful home decor dreams to life.