Recently we had somebody make a comment on Instagram about how our home is feeling so cohesive, even though each room is so different – and how?? The truth is, none of this is by accident. We are very intentional about how we design our spaces, and even though yes, the rooms are entirely not the same, it works because we’re repeating a few design elements throughout our home – one of them being patterns. Patterns!! (It deserves more excitement, imo). When it comes to mixing patterns in our home I stick to a simple formula…
But first, let me take you back to a time where your DM’s were flooding in, because of some controversial pattern mixing, in a home that wasn’t even our own.
Does this bring back any memories? We were given the opportunity to makeover this bedroom, and we did not hold back in the pattern department. You definitely let us know how concerned you were for us haha. This home was in a quaint, mountain surrounded town, and we wanted it to feel cozy and familiar – enter in a floral quilt, layered over an ornate rug and a striped lumbar. It’s not a combination that works for everyone, but those more traditional elements really complemented the clean lines, and cool paint color and honestly, I couldn’t be happier with the finished result.
Mixing patterns in our home is similar. I have adopted the “modern cottage,” style, and in relation to pattern, I repeat geometric and floral prints throughout. This repetition is one way that we have married modern and cottage together. Let’s take a look shall we?
Floral – wallpaper, dried hydrangeas
Floral – wallpaper
The photos really speak for themselves, but can you see how it all flows together? You can make this work in your own homes too. I would think of the overall style you want for your home and then break that down into patterns. Maybe you want more of a mid-century modern style, then you could repeat geometric and abstract patterns throughout. The mix of floral/organic and geometric really keeps everything feeling fresh and it also makes the design process less stressful when I think, “Oh! time for a geometric!”
Stripes and plaids are clearly my go-to, and even the paneling we have added to a lot of the ceilings and walls add a stripe effect that I love so much!
Textiles are a great place to start when incorporating patterns in a room. The curtains in Polly’s room were custom made because I fell so deeply in-love with that fabric, but curtains don’t have to be custom. There’s so many options out there but we wanted to put together a round-up of geometric and floral prints to get you started on your pattern-mixing journey.
1. Gray Plaid Room Darkening $39
2. Windowpane Grid Blackout $42 (these remind me of our closet curtains!)
3. Floral Semi-Sheer $45
4. Marcum Plaid Room Darkening $58
5. Darby Curtain $78
6. Exotic Garden Blackout $83
7. Kelmscott Tree Blackout $83
8. Blackthorn Blackout $83
9. Birds Blackout $83
10. Kealan Curtain $118
11. Marie Curtain $128
12. Embroidered Gretta Curtain $128
13. Riviera Striped Linen Blackout $159
14. Thea Print $159
15. Emmaline Print $179
16. Trevin Pinch Pleat $232
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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