How To: Mix Pillow Patterns

How To: Mix Pillow Patterns

Gregory Han
Jul 18, 2008

Like Grace, we also have a propensity for pillows. But unlike our artistically superior colleague, we're color-challenged and have problems matching all the irresistible patterns that we've come home with. Over the years, we've ended up with a hodgepodge of cute, but unmatched pillows...

We took matters into our own hands and asked a few designer friends for their tips on matching pillow patterns:

• Consider scale. Choosing a large, medium and small pattern can work if they share a similar palette.

• Don't feel compelled to match colors perfectly. Make sure all of your patterns have at least one color that is similar, even if it is a background or neutral.

• Add textured fabrics for more interest

• If you use multiple patterns, make sure there's a place for the eye to rest. It could be as easy as throwing in one solid pillow into the mix or placing your pillows on a neutral sofa. This will help separate and highlight the patterns.

• Don't be afraid to mix a floral motif, with a bold graphic pattern.

• Don't mix more than three different patterns, and try to keep the pillows similar in size.


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