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18 Ways to Make the Cool Mixed-Patterns Look Work in Your Home

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

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Pattern-mixing doesn't have to be hard

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Pattern-mixing doesn't have to be hard

Mixing patterns is something a lot of pro interior designers do with ease, but it can be challenging to make it work in your own home. How do you combine patterns in a room without making it feel like a kaleidoscope threw up? Interior designer James Tabb of Laurel & Wolf has some advice.

"When designing an eclectic space, I like to mix complementary rather than synonymous colors, patterns and textures," he says. "This ensures the individual pieces don't compete with each other, but work to create a seamless, effortlessly curated space."

Get more of his advice in the next few slides, followed by a lot of pretty, pattern-mixing inspiration for your next room reboot.

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Match the walls

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Match the walls

These patterned pillows brighten up a neutral couch, while subtly matching the colorful art on the walls.

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Pretty pillows

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Pretty pillows

"In this living room a variety of complementary pillows are used through a mix of stripes, solids and geometrics to create an overall eclectic look," says Tabb.

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Balanced blues

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Balanced blues

"Another way to create a seamless look while mixing patterns is to keep the color palette monochromic. For example, this living room mixes and matches different patterns, but staying within the blue color family."

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Rosy rugs

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Rosy rugs

Can't you just imagine how lovely a few of these patterned rugs would look layered in a neutral living room? 

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Go with the flow

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Go with the flow

Green patterns in the living room pop against a rosy bedroom in this bright, open-concept apartment. 

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Colorful couch

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Colorful couch

A printed couch makes a perfect pair with this brightly patterned area rug.

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Wallpaper

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Wallpaper

The patterned wallpaper in this nursery acts as a neutral, pairing perfectly with colorful patterned pillows.

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Rugs and throws

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Rugs and throws

A bright rug and a patterned throw in a contrasting color work surprisingly well in this space.

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Beautiful blankets

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Beautiful blankets

Display colorful, mixed-pattern quilts on a rack to add some cozy vibes to your favorite room.

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Heavenly headboard

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Heavenly headboard

A patterned headboard, white bedspread and accent pillows make for a colorful, serene bedroom. 

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Crazy curtains

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Crazy curtains

This room balances textured, solid curtain panels with some bolder prints while staying in the same color family.

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Birds of a feather

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Birds of a feather

A playful throw pillow ties in a bold-patterned wallpaper with the rest of the decor in this room.

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Go dark

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Go dark

Pairing a rich, dark patterned piece like this rug with a brighter accent (leopard print, anyone?) is a win.

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Going green

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Going green

A textured green couch acts like a neutral in this colorful, multi-patterned sitting area.

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Nursery decor

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Nursery decor

This picture shows how well bold pattern-mixing works in a nursery as long as the colors are kept in check.

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Take a seat

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Take a seat

A bold patterned chair both contrasts and complements a bright area rug in this room. 

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