How to tastefully mix patterns & textures when decorating the home

So you want to redecorate some rooms in your home using patterns and textures … but you don’t know where to start. All you know is you don’t want to risk it looking like something from “Alice In Wonderland” or “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.” Mixing patterns and textures isn’t hard, and can even be done in subtle, yet impactful, ways. Here are four ways to give your home a little more pizazz.

Simple colors

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One way to mix patterns, especially if you’re a newbie, is to stick with a very simple color palette. The couple at Retro Ranch Renovation turned this bedroom into an escape with soft turquoise accenting pale gray and white. While the curtains, rug, pillows and bench at the end of the bed are all a different pattern, they work together because they’re all grey and white.


Photo: HomeTalk

If you want to add more interest to a room without mixing too many colors or patterns, another way to add depth is to use texture. Here, quilts and soft pillows are taken to a rustic level with the old door that Home Talk upcycled into a headboard. The branches in the vase on the top of the headboard bring in an additional outdoor element, adding to the textures in the room.


Photo: Meredith Heron Design

This living space takes decorating with patterns to the next level. Meredith Heron Design out of Ontario used a neutral palette in the larger pieces of furniture — but doesn’t shy away from infusing a touch of pattern here, as well. The bolder patterns appear in the accessories — the rug and painting — but the same colors are echoed in the lamp and pillows, tying all the elements together.

Window dressing

Photo: Southern Living

One of the easiest ways to mix textures in a room is to take it to the windows. Adding natural bamboo shades looks beautiful and functions well to keep the sun out or add privacy, while rich, long drapes look lush and regal, bringing in pattern and adding height to the room. This room is especially full of textures, with its furniture in soft fabrics, the natural weave rug and the metal touches on the side table.