Mixing Color & Patterns

If you’ve ever spent 30 minutes staring endlessly into a never-ending aisle of pillows, trying to mix and match patterns, only to leave defeated or with a purchase you completely despise, then this post was made for you. Read on for my best tips and tricks to help you mix and match colors & patterns.


Tip #1:  

If you’re a lover of all things neutral because you’re afraid of color, start small. Pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to try out some colors or patterns. Want to commit a little further? Try a lamp with a bold color or design. 

plaid pattern mixed with leather texture


Tip #2: 

If you’re a lover of color and patterns, but you aren’t sure how to bring everything together to feel cohesive, start with ‘The Rule of 3’. The Rule of 3 essentially says, “Things arranged in odd numbers are more visually appealing”. Start with a pattern that you absolutely love. Then, pull out 2 colors from that pattern and find coordinating motifs/patterns from those colors.  

*Pro-tip: When I mix patterns, I generally pull: 

  1. One pattern that acts as the anchor. (Think a big, bold Schumacher fabric)
  2. One pattern that reminds me of a dot. (Think circles or tiny floral)
  3. One pattern that feels or reminds me of a stripe. (Think plaid or the iconic Missoni zig zag)

Bold fabric matched with a velvet texture, striped trim and dotted fabric

Tip #3: 

An effortless way to mix and match, if color & pattern intimidate you, is layering different textures. Kanju Interiors does a beautiful job mixing their felt pillows, cable knit throws, and punch needle pillows (which all vary in texture). 


Tip #4: 

Honestly, if you love it and it feels inviting to come home to, then that’s all that matters. We’re here for a good time, not a long time. 

Stay Jaunty,