Mix Patterns

7 Ways to Mix Patterns in Your Bedroom

We’ve all heard that “less is more,” but sometimes you just want to mix things up. So why not give pattern mixing a try? The best way to mix patterns in a bedroom is by combining different styles. 

Here are seven tips for getting started:

1. Use a Similar Color Palette

You don’t need a color wheel to do this, but you should make sure your colors work together. 

To do this, choose one or two dominant colors in the room and then use other complementary colors in smaller amounts. This will make your patterns cohere without being too matchy-matchy.

If you’re thinking about using a patterned accent wall (like wallpaper), try using a similar fabric or rug elsewhere in the room first. 

This will help guide you when choosing which patterned accessories to buy so they’ll blend seamlessly with the rest of your decor.

2. Pick a Pattern With a Wide Print

When it comes to patterns, a wider print is more forgiving than a small one. With wider patterns, you can place your pattern in more places while still keeping it from looking too busy or overwhelming. 

It’s also less likely to clash with other colors and patterns in your room because there are so many colors within the design itself.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should pick just any old pattern—it has to be right for your space! 

So if you have an oddly shaped room or one that seems like it will be too small for a large patterned wallpaper or pillow cover, then maybe narrow down on some smaller options instead.

3. Use Throw Pillows and Blankets to Add a Pop of Pattern

Throw pillows and blankets are an easy way to add a pop of pattern. The key is to keep it small and simple so that it can be repeated throughout the room without becoming overwhelming. 

Think about what colors you want your bedroom to feel like—a calming blue, a vibrant purple, or a cheery yellow.

Then choose one main color and use it as the base for your throws and blankets. 

You can also repeat one large-scale pattern across multiple pieces in coordinating colors (like stripes), which will create more visual interest than if each piece had its unique print.

4. Let One Pattern Take Center Stage

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea of mixing up your patterns, start with one. 

Pick a wall to paint or a piece of furniture to decorate—something large and noticeable that will help anchor your space. If you’re going for a more subtle look, try painting or staining one wall.

Let’s say you decide on an art piece for above the headboard: Try using only the same color palette within that pattern in other elements throughout the room, so they all tie together nicely. 

Choose matching pillows, curtains, and bedding to keep things cohesive and balanced without getting stressed.

You can see some good examples of this here

5. Add Patterned Curtains 

One easy way to add a pattern to your bedroom is with curtains. They help keep the light out and can also be used as a decorative accessory in their own right. 

You can choose from many options, including:

  • Patterned trim on the edges of your curtains
  • A border around the top edge of your curtain or valance
  • Lining for the inside of your curtain or valance
  • Tiebacks made from fabric that matches your overall room theme and color scheme

6. Take Size Into Consideration

Consider the size of the room and of the furniture when selecting your patterns.

The room should be large enough to allow for a matching patterned rug and headboard, with some space for other decorative items as well.

If you’re working with a smaller space, go for one that’s bolder in color or texture—you don’t want it to feel crowded. You can always add additional pieces later on if you like what they bring to the overall look.

7. Stick to 2-3 Patterns in the Room

If you’re going to mix patterns in your bedroom, don’t go overboard. 

While having more than one pattern can be fun and exciting, having too many can make the room feel busy and overwhelming. 

In general, stick to two or three patterns in the room with no more than one or two colors per pattern. 


We hope this guide has helped you to create a room with patterns that work together. 

Remember that it’s not about finding the perfect balance between all your patterns—it’s about using them in a way that makes sense for your tastes and style.

If you’re still feeling unsure, we recommend starting small and working up from there until you find something you really love.

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