How to Mix Prints & Patterns in Home Decor

Mixing patterns in the home can be a daunting task, but when done correctly, it can add depth and personality to any room. If you’re looking to add interest and texture to your space, here’s a guide on how to mix patterns in the home.


Start with a Neutral Base

When mixing patterns, it’s important to have a neutral base to anchor the space. Start with a neutral-coloured wall or large furniture piece, like a sofa, in a solid colour. This will allow your patterned accents to stand out and not compete.


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Choose a Colour Scheme

Once you have your neutral base, choose a colour scheme for your patterns. A good rule of thumb is to pick two to three colours and use them throughout the room. This will create cohesion and tie the patterns together.

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Mix Scale and Texture

When mixing patterns, it’s important to vary the scale and texture of the patterns. For example, pair a large-scale floral print with a small-scale geometric pattern. This will create contrast and add depth to the room. Additionally, mix textures like a velvet pillow with a woven throw blanket.

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Stick to a Theme

To avoid the patterns feeling overwhelming, stick to a theme. For example, if you’re using a floral print, incorporate other botanical prints or natural textures like a jute rug. This will create a cohesive and intentional look. 

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Don’t Forget Solids

While mixing patterns is the goal, don’t forget to incorporate solid colors as well. This will provide visual relief and balance out the patterns. For example, if you have a bold patterned rug, pair it with solid-coloured throw pillows. This will create a balanced and visually pleasing space.


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Layer Patterns

When mixing patterns, layering is key. Start with your largest patterned piece, like a rug or wallpaper. From there, layer in smaller patterns like throw pillows and curtains. This will create depth and interest in the room. 

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Mix Different Pattern Types

There are endless pattern options to choose from - stripes, florals, animal prints, geometric shapes, and more. Mix different pattern types to create a dynamic and interesting space. At The Copper Dust, we have recently introduced our Namibia cushion collection, which is inspired by the gorgeous Namib desert. Exuding rich earthy tones, with brush fringe detailing. These cushions being a great way to introduce pattern and texture through soft furnishings. With mixes of metallic embroidery and autumnal tones, they create interesting, sweet spots in the room.

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In conclusion, mixing patterns in the home can add depth and personality to any space. Start with a neutral base, choose a colour scheme, mix scale and texture, stick to a theme, don’t forget solids, layer patterns, and mix different pattern types. With these guidelines, you can create a cohesive and visually interesting space that reflects your personal style. Love this article check out our blog on How to Display Cushions on Your Sofa.

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