How To Mix + Match Patterns for an Interesting Space

A heavily patterned Moroccan rug in navy blue and gray on light blonde hardwood floors.

When it comes to bringing your breathtakingly gorgeous space to life, we have quite a bit of designer awesomeness up our sleeves. (psst… Mixing patterns falls into that category!)

If knowing when + where to add that sizzle to your home eludes you… not to fret, we’ve got your back.

So how do you mix patterns in a way that's less messy bun + more holy chic? Come closer, boo + let me tell you a little secret to design your home…

Choose a Palette that Gives You All the Feels

The first step we tell all of our interior design clients is to select a palette for your home (or room). After all, how can we pick patterns you’ll be addicted to if we don't even know which colors will be the lucky guests in your home?

Patterns don’t have to be full of color either but it is extremely important to know whether or not we’re contrasting colors + patterns or utilizing tone-on-tone patterns to create depth + character. And remember, you can’t go wrong with introducing solids.

If you already have a color palette that makes you swoon, three cheers to you!

BUT… if you’re still unsure which colors will give you that heart-tingling, energizing yet ahhhhh feeling when you come home every day, we’ll help you find the ones that do it for you.

This is part of our design process + we l-o-o-o-v-e it! So, if you’re in need of interior decorating help don’t be a stranger.


A guitar on a gray sofa with accent throw pillows in geometric patters and navy blue.

Create Design Harmony with a Fabulous Print.

As your interior designer, we’ve spent 1,000’s of hours obsessing over how to bring harmony into your home. And, whether you notice them or not, every design includes a “bridge,” the one or two pieces that bring contrasting elements + make them work together in your space.

This is especially true when it comes to mixing patterns!

The best bridge in this case is ONE delicious, flavored with magic pattern that brings together ALL the colors of your palette.

Some of our favorite ways to unify contrasting elements in a home are area rugs. They add a layer of luxury but can be exciting in pattern + texture without overwhelming a space. Drapery, art, throw pillows + wall coverings also offer great opportunities to bring in fabulous prints to create a cohesive design.

Once we find that perfect piece, we can then look for other single-color patterns to go with! Let me chauffeur you to our next step…


Throw pillows on a large crate and barrel sectional.

Select Complementary Patterns in a Mix of Sizes.

Now that we have our palette + a hot-daaayum-harmonious design bridge, we can select a few more complementary patterns. Here’s where another trick comes in…

Size. Matters.

Each pattern has a size—small, medium + large—and you want to make sure to mix them not match them. Two large patterns will both be waving their hands in the air for your attention, but a small + a large pattern will be the best of smiling buds!

Now, it’s true, we’ll always present you with patterns that work well in your space. You won’t have to do any heavy mental lifting yourself… but now, at least, you have a backstage glimpse at how they all work together!

How does that steaming serving of confidence + design savvy feel, huh? ;)


An oversized section from crate and barrel with an ottoman in a modern classic living room designed by Elegant Simplicity Interiors.

Watch Your Space Transform Before Your Eyes!

This is the pop. fizz. clink! moment we’ve all been waiting for — styling install! When all the drool-worthy home decor selections get arranged just like so to create the home design you’ve been pinning, hearting + wishing was yours.

I get beyoooond EXCITED for this part, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be over-the-moon, happy-crying about it too!

So, I have to ask… what’s stopping you boo? ;)

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— Sherri


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