23 Ways to Mix Patterns in Your Home Decor

QUIZ! Are you color crazy like us? Are you always looking for ways to incorporate more color into your home? Are you daring and adventurous when it comes to decorating? If you answered yes to one (or all) of those Qs, you’re in the right place. Mixing prints in your home (yes, just like in your wardrobe) can easily add lots more color and give you the opportunity for some daring decorating. Let’s mix it up and take a look at these 23 patterned rooms for some inspiration.

1. Large Prints: The best place to begin is to choose a large pattern that will establish your main color for the room. How about that lovely mustard rug? (via Apartment Therapy)

2. Same Color Family: If you’d rather not stray too far from your main color, find different patterns that are close in color to create a fun yet uniform look. (via Seventy Nine Ideas)

3. Patterned Wallpaper: Wallpaper is an easy and fun way to choose your main pattern and color scheme. We especially like those gold flowers! (via Emily Henderson)

4. Kid-Friendly Colors: When children are present, you probably don’t want shabby chic florals, right? Use all the brights you can find in different prints for a space that’s meant for play. (via Jelanie)

5. Levels of Patterns: Once you’ve chosen your main pattern, work from there by choosing complementing colors in smaller patterns. You’ll be a pro in no time! (via Decorating Files)

6. Bright Rugs: Rugs can make a great statement piece and bring a whole room together. Not to mention they can add another pattern. Add new patterns in small doses starting with pillows. (via The Design Chaser)

7. Black and White: If you’re thinking that mixed patterns aren’t chic enough for your home, think again. You can even achieve the look in black and white and still make a big statement. (via Eclectically Vintage)

8. Dark and Light: Create the ultimate wow effect by using dark shades against light or bright colors. (via The Pink Chandelier)

9. Solid Canvas: If you are just dipping your toe in the print-mixing world, choose a solid base color to create a canvas for all your patterns, and mix in a classic like black and white stripes. (via Emily Henderson)

10. Neon Pop: Adding neon to a room is the easiest way to add a bright color pop of color. Keep it poppin’ throughout a large room that serves multiple purposes, from the floors, to the shelves, to the accent colors and accessories. We dare you to try it. (via The Design Files)

11. Mixed Textiles: Textiles are the easiest things to change when you’re switching color schemes. Pillow covers are cheap and curtain DIYs abound. (via Style Me Pretty)

12. Colorless Patterns: Some rooms might not need all the business of bright colors. Tone down your patterns for a relaxing feel that’s perfect for any bedroom. (via Uncovet)

13. Small Spaces: Small spaces can take on totally new lives with contrasting patterns. Polka dots and stripes are still a winning combination in this adorable bathroom. (via Sarah Hearts)

14. Patterned Tile: Patterned backsplash can be a great way to add color to your kitchen. Why not mix and match all your favorites like above? (via Remodelista)

15. Mixed Florals: Shabby chic requires pastels and patterns and flowers — as many flowered patterns as you can find. (via Cepaynasi)

16. Pastel Plus Black: Speaking of pastels, choosing a pastel base and layering black and white patterns on top can create a beautiful feminine look. (via Decor 8)

17. Chevron: Mmm, the chevron print. It’s a classic, like stripes or polka dots, so feel free to use it as a base like a solid color. (via Seventy Nine Ideas)

18. Patterned Pillows: It’s a good thing pillows are comfy, because they come in every pattern and color you can imagine. Use that to your advantage and mix it up with wall art and even coffee table accessories that continue the mixing-matching theme. (via House of Fifty)

19. Jewel Tones: Using warm jewel tones in your world traveler prints will create a bohemian look that any hippie would be proud of. (via Interior Junkie)

20. Add Sparkle: Yes, sequins count as patterns. Especially mixed with preppy materials like tweed, or prints like polka dot. (via The Life Styled)

21. Mismatched Floors: If rugs can identify a room, why not go extreme and choose patterned flooring for your whole house?! Have a unifying color to bring it all together. (via Domaine)

22. Layered Patterns: Are you too organized to just throw all those patterns together? Layer them for a neat and organized look. (via 6th Street Design School)

23. Choose Your Favorites: Whatever you choose, make sure you love your patterns and whatever the final outcome, you will love your room. (via Scandinavian Chic)

Do you have any pattern-mixing tips? Or do you prefer to stick with just one? Tell us below!