Tips for Mixing and Matching Patterns


Adding patterns to your patio décor not only infuses it with your personality, it helps extend your home’s liveable space.

Does the idea of combining patterns seem daunting? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by patterns. This is true even when you’re using classices, like stripes, dots, and geometric shapes. Overdue it on patterns and suddenly any room can feel cluttered, even if you’ve cleaned up! 

Does this mean you need to stick to solids and a single pattern? Absolutely not. With the right approach, you can easily mix and match patterns like a pro. The following two pattern combos are the easiest to master:


Dots + Stripes

Classic stripes in a one-to-one ratio are one of the easiest patterns to work with. They can almost be treated as a ‘neutral’ or solid. This means you can easily mix-and-match them with other patterns, such as dots.

Start by mixing stripes in a few different sizes. Then, add in few polka dots to bring a splash of personality.



Geometric patterns are made up of repeating shapes. Typically these are classic shapes like squares and triangles. These straight-lined shapes can pair well with one another, especially when you avoid incorporating shapes with curves (like dots). To help the patterns flow, try to use similarly sized shapes.


How to Color Affects Pattern Combinations

Variety is the spice of life. But, sometimes too many spices can overwhelm the senses – whether you’re cooking or decorating. When you’re mixing patterns, maintaining the same color palette helps you avoid a jarring contrast.

For instance, you might use jewel tones of green and blue. This color palette naturally coordinates with Mother Nature’s Northwest flare. If you want to add a bright pop, look to a jewel tone of magenta in a solid color. This might be done with an accent piece adorning a tabletop or an additional throw pillow.


Drop by our Seattle or Bellevue stores to start mixing and matching!