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Don’t be Afraid to Mix Things Up: Mixing Patterns and Wood

Don’t be Afraid to Mix Things Up: Mixing Patterns and Wood

So many of us are programmed to keep décor harmonious and safe. It’s scary to get out of our comfort zone and mix things up a bit. However, mixing patterns, textures, and tones makes for exciting design.

First, let’s tackle woods.


Match Undertones, not Finish

Wood finishes don’t need to match, but they should complement each other. If you have an antique, dark, wood dresser that doesn’t quite match your ash hardwood floors, don’t fret.  Look at the color of each wood to see if it is warm or cool, then make sure their undertones match. For example, the darker dresser will look great with the ash floors as long as it’s not pulling out too much red.

Carpets Will Help

Placing a wood dining room table directly on top of a different wood floor will likely draw attention to the things they don’t have in common. Don’t worry, there is a stylish solution! Add a buffer such as a rug or carpet that compliments both wood types.

Now, on to patterns.

Balance is Key

If you’re starting with a very bold pattern, consider bringing in one or two smaller scale, tone-on-tone, or solid patterns for balance. So, if your accent chair is a bold stripe, balance that with a solid sofa and throw pillow with a smaller scale pattern.

Color Harmony

Believe it or not, you can coordinate a floral, a geometric, a stripe, and a solid all in one room. The key is to make sure they are all of the same color palette.  As long as each of these fabrics are drawing on the same color, you can create a beautifully mixed and matched combination of patterns.

Stripes Are Great

Stripes are an excellent starting place for decorating with patterns. Their secret? They go with almost any other pattern! An even better selling point for stripes? They are perfect for balancing out solid pieces as well.


An interesting design scheme comes from playing outside of the lines a bit. If you want décor that’s daring, don’t be afraid to mix things up!