Tips for Mixing Patterns Like a Professional

Unique Furniture Patterns From EF Brannon Chattanooga

Pattern has personality and the power to completely change the style of a room. It’s one of those elements that make a space interesting which is why, if you’re mixing patterns, it’s so important to get it right. But how do you know what to mix with what? While you should always follow your heart and choose patterns that inspire you, there are some guidelines to follow if you want a professionally decorated look. Here are some easy tips to help you mix patterns like a professional.

living room set up with unique furniture patterns.


Vary the scale. For example, mix smaller and more uniform prints with large scale bold patterns. When you mix pattern sizes it keeps them from competing. Each print and pattern can be distinct while they work together as a whole and come together to create a unique look. When patterns are all the same size they compete and confuse.

unique furniture patterns with console table and artwork


Incorporate the rule of three. Keeping a space limited to three patterns will keep you from getting overwhelmed but still allow you to get creative. For example, you can take a bland hallway and easily give it a designer look. A clean combo of black and white creates a bold look with chic toile-inspired artwork, a geometric rug, and a fun abstract print on the stool. 

furniture patterns featuring grey sofa and patterned throw pillows.


Pair classic and modern textiles. Think plaid paired with a bold ikat or stripes mixed with modern florals. This technique is a great way to work some color into your home. The result looks fresh and refined and is always on trend.

bedroom set with stylish patterns.

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When in doubt, stick with a muted color palette. A limited or muted palette will allow you to mix more patterns in more sizes. If you’re new to mixing prints this is a good place to start because you can have more confidence your choices will work together. Plus, prints and patterns make neutral spaces a little more exciting. 


Don’t skip the prints in your home because you’re afraid of getting them wrong. Let this guide inspire you to infuse your home with all your favorite patterns and create the look you really want. Don’t forget, our designers at EF Brannon Chattanooga are always here to help you get it right.


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