This colorful living room demonstrates the basics of pattern matching. California based design company Taylor and Taylor stuck to four different patterns in three different sizes. Each pattern is distinct but has a similar feel.
The wool rug with the large free-flowing geometric shapes sets the tone. A single accent pillow features the second largest pattern — a repeating triangle and diamond design in navy that riffs off the rug’s color and style. Lastly, two smaller patterned pillows with squiggly designs play a supporting role.
We get it — incorporating different patterns into your decorating scheme can be incredibly intimidating. But we promise, with a little insider knowledge you can mix and layer patterned décor successfully like a pro. The trick to learning how to get it right is understanding the basic rules. Afterward, you can confidently break them or not.
What’s the most significant need to know? In general, when layering patterns, it is best to combine prints in different styles and scales. The latter is super important. The most prominent pattern in the room, typically a rug with a colorful motif, sets the tone for the rest of the space. Afterward, additional layers of complementary or contrasting patterns in smaller sizes boost visual interest. Those items often include accent pillows, throws, furniture, and curtains.
Geometric patterns give a small sitting area with a monochromatic color scheme a big dose of pep. The two large prints on the wall inspired this space by interior designer Jennifer Talbot based in Chicago. The two chairs with the second biggest pattern anchor the nook. Underfoot is a subtle zigzag patterned wool rug.
Confused? Do not be. Whether you are a design traditionalist or a décor maverick, the following ideas share the best ways to mix patterns when decorating.
This rule-breaking living room packs every shade of the rainbow to create a little slice of bohemian paradise.
The mother and daughter design team behind Alida and Miller situated in Australia designed the space. They call their unique decorating style perfect imperfections. What makes this mash-up of patterns work? The pale blue walls ground the space by coordinating beautifully with the various textiles in vibrant colors from the Far East.
Sticking to a specific type of pattern can create a sense of cohesion in a space.
In this boho styled living room by Commune Design based in Los Angeles, California, several different Turkish kilim accent pillows with slight variations in color and pattern, top off the Moroccan day beds.