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The Secret to Mixing and Matching Pillow Patterns

The secret to mixing and matching pillows

Okay, so hands down the question I get asked the most often is about mixing and matching pillow patterns. And, in light of full discretion, it’s the one thing I see done incorrectly by designers, as well as interior design enthusiasts, alike time and time again. Now, I know that we’re not sending anyone to the moon over here (by any stretch of the imagination) and this really is a completely subjective topic. But I believe that picking the right combo is as much of an art as it is science. While there are many different ways in which to begin mixing and matching pillow patterns correctly, this one secret has never failed. Are you ready? Here we go:

Stick to a single colour palette, and then play with scale. You want to make sure you have a large scale pattern, and a small scale pattern. Next, grab a textured pillow, ideally in a solid hue, to anchor it all. Here are a few examples so you can see just what I mean, and start mixing and matching pillow patternslike a pro:

{you can click on all of the pillows below to go to their direct source}

[break]EXAMPLE Nº ONE[break] 

PILLOW W. LARGE PATTERN  |  PILLOW W. SMALL PATTERN  |  TEXTURED PILLOW

 

[break]EXAMPLE Nº TWO[break]

PILLOW W. LARGE PATTERN  |  PILLOW W. SMALL PATTERN  |  TEXTURED PILLOW

 

[break]EXAMPLE Nº THREE[break]

PILLOW W. LARGE PATTERN  |  PILLOW W. SMALL PATTERN  |  TEXTURED PILLOW

 

[break]EXAMPLE Nº FOUR[break]

PILLOW W. LARGE PATTERN  |  PILLOW W. SMALL PATTERN  |  TEXTURED PILLOW

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Photo above: Heidi Lau  for Lark & Linen – you can check out that client reveal/home tour here

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  • Mary
    September 11, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Hey thanks for this love especialy row number 3.

  • Erik Hasten
    September 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    My girlfriend can never get enough pillows. I need to hide this guide from her :P
    However I do like the look of the textured pillow ! May have to add this one in the near future!

  • luxnordica
    September 26, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Wow looks great please see our pillows too. https://luxnordica.com/en/product-category/other/

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