What Is a Ditsy Print, and Why Is It Everywhere?

published Feb 16, 2023
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The latest bedding trend has me longing for spring. Nostalgic micro florals, also known as “ditsy prints,” are everywhere in the bedding world. But what exactly is a “ditsy print,” you ask? It’s most often florals, though it could be another small-scale motif, and it’s always tiny and randomly scattered (rather than gridded or linear). A classic example is a “Liberty print,” aka the small-scale florals from Liberty of London). Typically, these patterns pop up most often for bedding, but you can also find them on textiles like throw pillows, curtains, and table linens.

So why are ditsy prints trending now? This is definitely a case of the home decor world following suit after a fashion trend. Mini florals have trickled down from the printed prairie dresses that were hot for the last few years. Now, you can have your pick of mini prints from almost all of the major brands; here are 10 of my favorite ditsy picks for your bed.

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Liberty London

If you want an iconic ditsy, head straight to the source: Liberty of London. Their Betsy Tana Lawn print is the very definition of this classic style. Try the trend out with a set of patterned pillowcases like these.

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For even more Liberty print options, Etsy is still a great resource. U.K.-based vendor PoppyandHonesty has a joyful array of handmade Liberty sheets.

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Laura Ashley is another heritage English brand known for their ditsy prints. You can scoop up their percale sheet sets on Overstock.com for a song.

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Garnet Hill

A ditsy print plus a scallop edge? Sign me up for these gorgeous percale sheets from Garnet Hill.

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West Elm

Part of the new Misha & Puff collaboration with West Elm Kids, these fun floral sheets are accented with a vibrant squiggle of lemon yellow embroidery on the flat sheet and a scallop edge on the pillowcases.

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Pottery Barn Kids
was $159.00

Another set from the kid's department, these Emily & Meritt sheets from Pottery Barn Kids skew a little more grown-up with a palette of slate blue, sage green, and ochre.

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn’s main collection has two colorways of a ditsy floral — one warm (yellow dominant), and one cool (blue dominant).

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Lands' End
was $209.95

Land’s End’s three ditsies are single-color designs, which gives a more streamlined look to these scattered patterns.

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Urban Outfitters

For something a little out of the ordinary, Urban Outfitters has a ditsy-esque print of mushrooms instead of the usual blossom — trippy!