How to Mix Multiple Patterns in One Space

Pattern is expressed in many forms… 

From the textures of natural, living materials to printed fabrics, pattern brings movement and expression to any space.   

While mixing multiple patterns in one space can seem intimidating, understanding the basics of how shapes and scales work together simplifies the process.   

After years of working with patterns, we’ve learned a few things about what makes them blend seamlessly.   

Here are four of our top tips for mixing multiple patterns in one space: 

Tip No. 1: Choose a color palette

In mixing any element in a design, finding a common thread is a great place to start. When mixing multiple patterns in one space, identifying something cohesive is especially important! Start by choosing a color palette to work with to create a cohesive look and feel among your patterns and begin selecting pieces in the same tonal group. 

How to Mix Multiple Patterns in One Space

 

How to Mix Multiple Patterns in One Space

 

Tip No. 2: Mix pattern types 

Using too much of the same type of pattern in one room can create a visual distraction. As a rule of thumb, we like to mix organic patterns – patterns with movement and curves, with geometric patterns – patterns with lines, grids, and repetition. 

Tip No. 3: Play with scale 

When mixing more than one pattern within a vignette or an entire room, playing with scale will ensure that they don’t compete. For example, if we start with a large-scale print in a pillow combination, we might choose something with a smaller, more intricate pattern to complement it. 

Tip No. 4: Don’t be afraid to go bold 

Although we love subtle patterns to round out a design, we love choosing bold patterns to make a playful statement. Whether it’s florals on florals in a kids’ space or a sophisticated wallpaper in a powder bathroom, large-scale pattern choices go a long way to make an impact.