How to Mix and Match Patterns in Your Bedroom

Posted by: Rebecca Atwood

We believe pattern can be transportive. Your bedroom is such a personal space, and mixing patterns is a great way to personalize your space.  If you have a mix of patterns it’s also an easy way to keep things fresh as you can change out what pieces go together.


Here are our top tips for mixing patterns in the bedroom: 

If you’re more of a minimalist and tend to gravitate towards an all-white bed consider adding quiet, painterly patterns in a soft tonal color palette with a mix of white, gray, and taupe. Soft patterns feel dreamy and relaxing and will help create a calm vibe sure to help you fall asleep. Texture is key, so play with something rumbled and cozy against a crisp percale. For the fall, you might even add in knits, flannel, and chunky linen.


If you’re unsure about adding pattern, start with something simple like a stripe. You can’t go wrong with this classic and it will layer nicely with any other prints you bring in later. Next, consider adding just the pillowcases in a pattern you’re drawn to. It’s a great way to test it out and live with the pattern for a little while before committing to a full set.

 When you’re ready for a little more impact try a monochromatic look. Explore the varying shades of one hue. I like when things aren’t a perfect match but complement one another. Not sure what color to go with? We’ve got you covered with tips for choosing a color for your bedroom.

Personally, I like to have a loose multi-colored palette in mind and collect pieces in that scheme over time. That way no matter what I put on the bed it looks good together.  It also helps everything feel fresh because you’re seeing the pieces mixed in a new context. Mix up the scale with an assortment of small, medium, and large-scale prints. Building your linen closet can be fun if you look for pieces you really love (link to that post).


We also love a patterned headboard. If you have a simple rectangular shaped headboard it’s easy to upholster yourself. We also love folding a throw over the top as another way to easily change the look.


Don’t forget, the bed isn’t the only place to add pattern so consider the other elements in the room. Patterned window treatments are a great way to make a room feel finished. Go for curtains if you want a more romantic feel, and roman blinds if you want something more tailored.  A cozy rug by the side of your bed, lampshades, and wallpaper are all opportunities for pattern. Use bigger prints on areas you want to draw the eye, and smaller prints on areas you want to recede in space.


Remember to have fun! Pattern is the best tool for telling your story.  If you love it, you can make it work. For more styling tips, pick up a copy of Living with Pattern.


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