Using Various Patterns In Decorating

An easy trick in using different patterns is to use white and one other color. This unifies the space. You could use a variety of patterns as long as the other color in the mix is white or another neutral.

These photos are from the BH&G website, obviously one of my favorite places to go for inspiration.

Another trick is to choose one element you really like, such as the striped rug, and then pull other colors from it for inspiration to decorate the rest of the room. 

If you vary the scale of small and large patterns, the different patterns will not be as visibly noticeable. At the same time, if you use the same color palette, you can't go wrong.

Choosing three patterns in one color combination, whether traditional, cottage, French country, or whatever, will pull your look together. 

For instance, here you have plaid seat cushions, a toile window shade, and a floral pattern on the lampshades.

There are varied patterns in this room, but the color red unifies everything. If you use a neutral wall color, it lets the bold colors take center stage.

What are your favorite patterns to use in your decorating style?


  1. Great tips Brenda, I especially think the 1st one to be really smart! Thanks!

  2. I like these ideas! I tend to take an"inspiration piece" and draw from the colors in it. I have a large brown and white transferware platter as the center of an arrangement of plates on my dining area wall. It has other muted colors in it and since the area is open to my kitchen and great room, I use the muted browns, blues, reds and greens in my kitchen and great room, emphasizng one or two colors according to the seasons. I love your blog!

  3. What a fun post, Brenda. I go back and forth with color and pattern-sometimes highlighting it and sometimes stepping back and taking things to a more neutral tone. I think a person should do what makes them feel happy. Your space always looks "happy" to me with its mix of colors and joyful things. xo Diana

  4. I love visiting you, Brenda because we have polar opposite tastes....and it is fun to get a dose of opposite sometimes....but then go back to my calm neutral colourless world, haha.

    Those pics are amazing - so much pizzazz - so much FUN!

    I use texture in all my designs instead of colour - except the longer I am retired the more colour I bring to my that's something notable.

    I am all about sage and brown and white and ivory and a touch of rust or pop of red sometimes. But you probably already knew that.

    Love this fun post!

  5. Great tips on decorating with patterns Brenda. I used to be intimidated by mixing it up but once I tried and found it works, well then it was fun. I love mixing florals of different scales, also using white as a unifier.

  6. I love the green and red look. Wow that is pretty.

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  8. Love the decoration tips! Sometimes that is the difficult part, deciding how to unify one space without making it look way to monocrhomatic!


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