Ways to Mix and Match Your Home Decor

Posters in living room
Posters in living room

Matchy-matchy is no longer the trend. Solid colors throughout the home are classic and can be lovely, but that can get boring.  Eye-catching patterns and contrasting colors have become the norm these days, when it comes to interior design.

If you want to inject fun, character, depth, and appeal to the style of any room in your home, be it the entryway, living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, consider mixing and matching your colors and patterns. The most important thing here is figuring out how to choose the right scale of patterns and complementary colors.

Here are easy ways to mix and match your home decor:

Determine your Color Palette

When mixing and matching, one of the very first things that you should do is to pick a color palette. Once you have done that, it will be much easier for you to decide on the patterns.

Of course, you need to choose colors that you love. Do you want warm colors like red, yellow, and orange? Or, do you fancy cool shades such as blue, green, and purple? The truth is, every color has its warm and cool sides. You can pick two primary colors and another two accent colors that will add character to the overall appearance.


Combine White and a Colored Pattern

If you are new to mixing and matching colors and patterns, we highly suggest that you take the simplest route for now. And that is to combine white and a colored pattern. You can go for a monochromatic scheme in black and white, and then introduce patterns of those colors in polka dots, stripes, geometric designs like what they did in that bedroom on the image below.

You are free to incorporate bold prints as well, but be sure not to overdo it so that the rest of the patterns will still be noticed.

Use Neutral Colors as the Base

Bold colors can be used tastefully when mixing and matching, but you have to be careful with your base color. To be on the safe side, opt for neutral shades for the base. If the main color of your living room is gray, for example, you can install cabinets or shelves with colors that pop. Consider introducing lounge chairs or other decorations with bright colors and bold patterns as well.

Living room with cactuses
Living room with cactuses

Consider Tone-on-Tone Color

Are you attracted to only one color? No worries. You can still utilize your favorite color to mix and match your home decor. You simply have to choose varying saturations or tint levels of the color throughout the space. In fact, interior designers and lots of homeowners love this decorative technique. It provides a dramatic effect by just lightening or darkening a certain shade.

If the walls in your bedroom are made with natural stones, you can play around with colors and utilize chocolate brown, beige, cream, light gray, as well as white. You can introduce various patterns, too, to create varying levels of impact.

Opt for Bold Colors and Prints

There is a huge variety of colors and prints that you can choose from when mixing and matching. That’s the beauty of it. It allows you to play with different shades and patterns, so you should never be afraid of going bold. Even the most neutral colored wall paint will pop with the right combination of colors and prints around it to give it that wow factor!

Looking at the image below, the living room is painted white and gray. The flooring is light brown. But if you look at the patterned couch and throw pillows with bright yellow color, all those come together to make the space shine.

Use a Variety of Sizes

Another important thing that you should know when mixing and matching is that you can use a variety of scales. Yes, you can mix large-scale patterns with smaller scale prints as long as the colors blend well.

To do this, you can pick a dominant print from your window treatment or even your area rug, and then choose smaller patterns for your throw pillows, blankets, sofa, and other decorative items in the living room.

Living room with sofa and coffee table

Feel Free to Repeat Yourself

The mix and match scheme doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to utilize different shades and prints for everything. That’s going to be an overkill, honestly. Now, if you are dealing with disparate pieces, don’t hesitate to use repetition. This allows you to create a sense of harmony and cohesion in the section of your home that you are trying to give a makeover.

How do you embrace repetition while still observing the whole idea of mixing and matching? Well, you can absolutely repeat accent colors as well as fabric patterns. You can then introduce matching decorative items like throw pillows, lamps, and poufs, just to mention a few.

Incorporate Simple Lines and Soft Materials Too

Mixing and matching do not only mean mixing solid colors and patterns but also simple lines and soft materials across various styles. This is essential if you are aiming to create a comfy place where you can kick back and relax. Take your living room, for instance. You really don’t have to fill it with solid pieces of furniture, bright shades, and overly formal decorative items. Since the room is intended for entertainment and relaxation, accessories like throw pillows and blankets are highly recommended.

Mix and Match your Furniture Styles

‘Variety’ is a wonderful way to spice up any room in your house. We don’t just mean with accessories, but the furniture itself.  Invest in pieces of furniture with different styles, textures, and heights. You can experiment with various configurations as well as arrangements until you are able to come up with something that suits your functional needs and aesthetic preferences.

This technique is extremely flexible, and it is an excellent opportunity for you to bring out your creativity.

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