Mixing patterns

One of the questions I get asked the most is about mixing patterns. What goes? What doesn’t?

I have a few rules that might help.

Mixing pattern 1

Fabric Floral by Persnickety, ($24.70/yard)

Large chevron stripe in sunny yellow and white, ($11/yard)

Liberty of London Tana Lawn Classics in Hot Pink Wiltshire, ($36.52)

Charcoal dots, ($17.50/yard)

1. Start with a solid. The sofa makes a great backdrop for polka dots, florals, and graphic prints to play together.

2. Play with scale. Large-scale florals and chevron stripes work well with tiny floral prints and polka dots.

3. Stripes, polka dots, and animal prints function like neutrals.

Pattern 2

Casablanca blue ikat in midnight, ($21.98/yard)

Braemore Sanur incobalt, ($26.75/yard)

Navy blue ikat chevron, ($17.50/yard)

Feathers in rouge, ($9/yard)

4. Stick to one color family when mixing patterns, then throw in a pop.

Pattern 3

Michael Miller Sorbet Spa Scallop in coral, ($7.82/yard)

Grey scallop, ($17.50/yard)

Tangier Ikat Medallion in orange, ($9.20/yard)

Tarika in blue, ($9.50/yard)

5. Look for patterns made up of similar shapes.

I am currently working on a project where there will be lots of patterns. It is so much fun. I’ll be able to share more of it in the coming weeks.

How have you mixed patterns in your décor?