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Mixing Patterns can be daunting for novice home decor enthusiasts but it helps create a cozy environment that looks intentional and inviting. In this post, I will show you how I used multiple patterns in the bedding and decor of my daughter’s room and give you tips that you can incorporate in your home.
About The Room
Juliet’s room has changed quite a bit in the past couple of years and I continue to work on it and add little updates with furniture (new nightstands) and textiles (drapes). My goal for this room is to be a welcoming and feminine space that doesn’t feel too childlike and can grow with Juliet as she grows. She is 9 now but I hope this design remains relevant for years to come with some tweaking where necessary. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with the design all at once and it takes time to create that multi-layered room that’s appealing and inviting. Here are my tips for mixing patterns for a beautiful result:
Vary Size And Scale When Mixing Patterns
To create visual interest and allow for each pattern to shine, use varying pattern sizes. In this case, the wallpaper is large-scale, the drapes are medium, and the floral pattern on the quilt is small. When the pattern is so small, it is almost perceived as a solid color in comparison to middle or large-scale patterns. The rug doesn’t have a repeating pattern but it has a colorful print that also combines well with the rest of the decor choices.
Wallpaper is back in style and very much on trend. If you are still hesitant to try it in your home, I recommend going with a neutral color and large-scale pattern as I did here. My go-to are the wallpapers from Serena and Lily. I trust that the patterns will look good without bringing up unpleasant flashbacks of 80’s and 90’s wallpaper. The one I chose here is the Luna Stripe in Smoke. I used a different wallpaper from Serena and Lily in my office it’s perfect for that space.
Keep Colors Similar
You will achieve the best result when mixing patterns if you have a repetition of color. Not all of my patterns here are the same color but the wallpaper and drapes have grey patterns on neutral backgrounds while the quilt and the rug have similar mauve tones. The similarity of color creates cohesion and intention in the design.
Have A Solid Color Present
Having a solid color element in the design helps to break up all the patterns. Like a palate cleanser in the midst of everything else especially in a space with so many different patterns present. This vintage rose duvet cover provides a solid color in this space and helps to balance out the other elements. I love using linen for bedding for its naturally casual and relaxed appearance. Linen has cooling and breathable properties.
Include Different Styles When Mixing Patterns
In this room, I have a mix of geometric (drapes), block (wallpaper), floral (quilt), and traditional (rug) patterns. Different style patterns create interest and dimension in the room.
The floral print quilt and sham set from the Studio McGee for Target collection fit so well in the space. The small pattern offsets the large one on the wallpaper. The quilt brings out the color of the duvet in a subtle and understated way. The floral pattern (which is also a mini block pattern) introduces a vintage and feminine element to the design. The rug also serves to balance out the geometric and block patterns because it is very traditional in its design. This happens to be my absolute favorite rug at the moment. It’s by Loloi Rugs and has Cloudpile construction which makes it the plushest and softest rug I’ve ever walked on.