Are you a maximalist? Are you tired of all-white interiors? Are you the sort of person who would never mix two patterns together when you could mix three or four? If so, then this post is for you.
Keep the color palette cohesive.
Full disclosure: I have a bit more of a minimalist bent, myself, but I can't help but admire the way the bedroom above, from Domino, mixes patterns in a way that's exciting and energizing but somehow still soothing at the same time. The key, I think, is the colors. There's a similar soft green in the bedding, the wallpaper, and even the fabric that covers the headboard. The tole sconces and pineapple print reflect the natural theme.
The patterns in this bedroom from Inside Out are definitely bold — but keeping them in the same color family helps to tame everything a bit.
Stay within the same scale.
This bedroom, from Architectural Digest, dares to mix some bolder patterns, although you'll notice that they're all more or less in the same family (florals in flat silhouettes) and more or less the same scale, creating a sort of harmony of non-harmony.
Introduce similar textures.
The effect of the disparate patterns in this bedroom from Style at Home is almost soothing, thanks to the delicate, barely-there scale of some of the patterns and the beautiful texture of the linens. Bringing texture to the pattern game definitely adds another dimension, while keeping the weave and finish of all these textiles similar contributes to the harmonious feel.
This space from Lovely Life is another example of the way rich textures can contribute to the pattern game. The chair, sofa, and rug are all different patterns, but their texture helps them to come together. The rest of the room is also fairly simple (except for the boldly colored art).
When in doubt, turn to Anthropologie.
If you're looking for inspiration for pattern mixing, the Anthropologie catalog is a great place to start. In this case, they've mixed this beautiful patterned sofa with a rug and wallpaper in different print motifs, but similar scales and colors (blue is a common thread with all the textiles).
Go for the 2/3 rule.
This bedroom from Desire to Inspire is instructive for those wanting to dip their toes into the world of pattern mixing. Here we have two patterns (the pillow and the wallpaper) in very similar scales and colors, mixed with a third in a simple, delicate pattern. The Hudson's Bay blanket helps to add a little extra punch.
Use a little of a lot.
And finally there's this room from Lonny, which, by mixing a lot of patterns but only a little of each one, manages to feel energizing but not overwhelming. Long live (tasteful) maximalism.