There is no definite rule that tells us how to mix patterns in interior design properly. There is no right and wrong way of doing it. Everyone has the ability to come up with their unique composition. It all just a matter of knowing the fundamental rules when it comes to rendering or creating visual pieces – may it be furniture arrangement, hanging artworks, or mixing and matching colors and patterns in an interior design setting.

In this blog, we are going to walk you through the basics of mixing patterns in your home. You don’t need to be an experienced decorator or designer to be able to achieve this. Simply follow the tips and tricks we listed below and you’re surely be on your way to mixing patterns in your home like a pro.

Let’s get started!

1.    Look for Inspirations

Before we start creating something, it’s always a good idea to look for inspiration first. This will give us an initial picture of what patterns we want and how we want our patterns to work together. Inspirations can be a form of illustrations from classic or traditional wallpapers, popular pattern styles, a beautiful fabric you’ve found on the store, or it could be something around you like florals, leaves, plants, and others. Once you found your inspiration, you’ll be able to craft your concept and derive your entire pattern mixing composition from there.

2.    Select 3 Pattern Variations

Interior designers highly suggested that you pick at least 3 patterns to start with. Odd number seems to work in almost any kind of composition. It creates a sense of hierarchy, scale variation, balance, and proportion. Pattern 1 should be the most dominant pattern. It should have a bigger scale and has a strong visual intensity compared to the two. The second pattern on the other hand, should be smaller in scale, a little more modest, but have the same color as the pattern number one. The last pattern can be the same to either of the two patterns you previously picked. Take a look at Love, Ravin Collection Pillow Combos to get inspired from some of our interesting pattern and color combinations!

3.    Use shades of the same color

Patterns works well together if they are of the same hue. While you can choose one or two colors to add visual interest to your composition, it can sometimes be a tricky method especially if you are new to pattern mixing. Designers suggest to stick to one color or choose the same shades of that color to create variation.

4.    Consider Fabric Texture

There’s more to pattern that just color and intricate prints and illustrations. Select fabrics with textures that stands out. Texture adds depth and substance to a space. Therefore, when you decide to integrate patterns in your home’s interior whether it is in the form of upholstery, pillow covers, or draperies, select fabrics that has a personality or feel. This will make your own pattern mixing creation very effective.

5.    Be Mindful of Pattern sizes

When selecting patterns, the sizes and shapes of the prints should vary to create contrast. The key thing to mixing patterns successfully is to always create a variation may it be in color selection, pattern designs, or scale. The scale of each pattern contributes to how the pattern will appear against a particular backdrop. It will also direct its position amongst other patterns so viewers will be able to tell whether it is a dominant pattern or a supporting one.

6.    Use Color Theory

Take note of the basics of color theory to be able to mix colors and patterns like a professional designer. To find good color combinations select colors that are either complementary, analogous, or triadic. Complementary colors are colors that are situated across from each other on the color wheel. While analogous colors are those that are next to each other. Triadic colors on the other hand are those colors that makes a triangle in the color wheel. Grab a color wheel diagram to serve as your guide.

7.    Select Patterns that works well together

Don’t complicate the process of pattern mixing. If you are finding it hard to choose patterns because of the thousands of choices out there, perhaps you can stick to one collection of patterns that works well together. Look for brochures, magazines, and visit fabric shops to look for pattern designs that are already paired or fabric prints that comes as a set. This will help you streamline the process and the only thing you’re left to do is to make sure that they will match with the rest of your interior design scheme. Find a unique combination of designs from Love, Ravin collections. Whether you’re aiming for something modest and neutral or bold and creative, there’s a unique set of designs you can find at our shop!

8.    Try New Things

Be bold and brave when it comes to designing your home. Design rules are set to help you and guide you through the process because it can really be challenging and complicated at times. However, your home is yours and you have the freedom to incorporate your own preferences. So, don’t be afraid to try out new things.

Pick bold colors and interesting patterns. Experiment, be creative, and don’t forget to have fun in the process. At the end of the day, whether the result turns out well or not, at least, you are able to learn what works and what doesn’t. Don’t look at it as mistakes but as lessons. And I’m pretty sure that the next time you mix patterns, you’re going to do it like a pro.


In conclusion, pattern mixing is not a linear process.   I hope these methods and advice may inspire you to explore pattern mixing if you haven't or are too worried that you'll do them incorrectly. If you are looking for interesting pattern designs to add to your space, take a look at our catalog of soft furnishings. We have a variety of pillow covers, curtains, and throw blankets with different pattern styles that you’ll surely love. Visit our shop right here!

December 21, 2022
Tags: Design Tips

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