Are You a Pattern Mixer, Matcher or Both?

Are You a Pattern Mixer, Matcher or Both?

Dabney Frake
Feb 1, 2013

Patterned wallpaper, pillows, bedding and other decor add welcome personality and style to a room. What you choose reflects who you are and what you want your home to be. This doesn't end at the individual patterns you pick, but also includes how you combine (or don't combine) them as well. Which begs the crucial question: How much do you like to match or mix it up?

Matching Patterns

Repeating the same pattern on multiple surfaces unifies a room, and gives the illusion of more space. The room looks finished and complete.

• Colorful bedroom from House To Home
• Traditional floral bedroom from Lonny
• A Sydney bedroom by Greg Natale
• Kate & Jack Spade's Park Avenue apartment by Steven Sclaroff
• Floral room from Orla Kiely

Mixing and Matching Patterns

These rooms use a variety of patterns, but the limited color palettes keep them from being crazy.

• Modern blue and white bedroom from House To Home
• Red floral bedroom from Katrin Cargill
• Moroccan bedroom by Maryam Montague from Lonny
• Living Room from Designers Guild
• One of Haymarket Hotel's bedrooms via Elle Decor

Mixing Patterns

Far from calm, these rooms break any and all decorating rules. Looking less "designed" than those above, they suggest a sense of humor and play.

• Modern toile bedroom from House to Home
• The home of John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon
• A bohemian bedroom from the Urban Outfitters 2011 catalog
• Tim Lam's Contemporary condo from Style At Home
Traditional Home featured this room by Ellen Hamilton.

(Fabric in lead image: French Marquetry by Labores Modernas; Bellflower Wallpaper by John Lewis; Mercer Park from Alexander Henry; and Ooti fabric from Sanderson. All others as linked above.)

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