Perfecting Pattern Mixing - Pier 1


Accent pillows, rugs, throw blankets—whatever it may be, we believe that mixing patterns is a great way to showcase your style. And while pattern mixing can feel intimidating at times, it's actually quite simple once you get the hang of it and know what to look for.

As a general rule of thumb: we suggest using at least three patterns in a room—but trust your gut here, you’ll know what works best in your own unique spaces! 


Make sure you have solids to break up the patterns. If you’ve found a bold pattern you absolutely love, bring in a smaller scale print or a solid to compliment it. Patterns are most effective when they have room to command the space.


Start your pattern mixing journey off light, by choosing 3-4 prints in the same or similar shades. Using one color is a chic and effective way to integrate tons of fun and unique patterns. 


Stripes are a secret weapon when it comes to pattern mixing. They have the ability to go with almost any other pattern, from floral to plaid and even other variations of stripes.

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Mix up the scales of the patterns you’re using. Choose one large pattern, one medium, and one small. Or, choose one large and two mediums.

No-Fail Formula

Pick your desired color palette, mix a floral, geometric, stripe, and a solid.

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Distribute your patterns evenly throughout the room to create a sense of balance. Keeping patterns isolated can often make a room look and feel unbalanced.

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