How to Master Pattern Clashing in Your Home

There's a particular kind of magic that happens when patterns collide in your home decor, creating a tapestry of visual interest that’s uniquely yours. The interplay of different motifs — from florals and stripes to geometrics and abstracts — can transform a space from mundane to memorable. However, there's an art to creating harmony amidst the chaos of clashing patterns.

In this guide to pattern clashing in home decor we’ll share top strategies to elevate your space. Whether you're aiming for an eclectic look or a carefully curated blend, these tips will ensure your home exudes personality without overwhelming the senses.


Understanding Pattern Clashing

Pattern clashing is the bold choice to mix and match diverse patterns within a single space. It can inject energy and character, but it’s not a matter of throwing any and every pattern together. The goal is to achieve a harmonious visual balance that feels intentional yet effortless. Here are some patterns you might want to explore:

Floral Flourish

Flowery patterns are a classic example, offering an organic feel that can soften and freshen up a room. From small, ditsy prints to bold botanicals, florals are versatile and easy to mix with other patterns.

Featuring Opium Blush wallpaper and Electric Lagoon cushions, from The Curious Department.


Stripes and Chevrons

These linear elements provide structure and a contemporary edge. They make great anchor patterns and can be paired with just about anything, provided you play with scale and colour.


Bedroom with Zellandine Aqua wallpaper and Libertzion fabric headboard
Featuring Zellandine Aqua wallpaper , headboard in Liberatzion Tourmaline velvet, and array of cushions from The Curious Department.

Geometric Gems

Circles, squares, and triangles in various sizes and colours can create a modern, graphic impact. Think of patterns like houndstooth or Greek key that bring a distinct geometric flair to your design.

Featuring Tiana velvet from The Curious Department.

Nature’s Canvas

Animal prints or wood grains are inspired by the natural world and can add a textural and sometimes graphic punch to a room.

By understanding what each pattern conveys and how they can interrelate, you’re already a step closer to creating cohesive complexity.

Cinema Room with Electric Lagoon Wallpaper
Featuring Electric Lagoon wallpaper from The Curious Department, and carpet from Alternative Flooring.

Top 5 Tips for Successful Pattern Clashing

Mixing patterns is like conducting an orchestra—one wrong note and the entire piece is off. But with the right combination, you can create a symphony of style. Follow these tips to ensure your pattern clashing is pitch-perfect:


Tip 1: Start with a Neutral Base

Every classic pattern exercise begins with a neutral base. White or beige might be the conductor's platform, with the patterns as the musicians. Apply this approach by starting with a neutrally-toned wall or large furniture piece—these can be your anchors that remain constant as other patterns shift and sway around them.


Attic bedroom with neutral tones and cushions from The Curious Department
Featuring Rebel Knit cushions and Fizz Supreme lampshades, from The Curious Department.

Tip 2: Mix Scales and Textures

Variation in scale and texture is key. Pair large prints with smaller ones, mix organic textures with slick surfaces, and play with flat patterns against three-dimensional textures. This not only prevents monotony but enriches the overall depth of the design.

Sofa with array of patterned cushions from The Curious Department
 Featuring velvet cushions from The Curious Department.

Tip 3: Use a Unifying Colour

Utilise colour as your binding agent. Whether it’s a shared primary shade or complementing accents, having a colour that intersects every pattern pulls the look together. This might be a subtle tonal link or a bold, contrasting hue that brings a scene to life.

Room with Zellandine Moonlight wallpaper and Zellandine Aqua fabric from The Curious Department
Featuring Zellandine Moonlight wallpaper and Zellandine Aqua fabric from The Curious Department

Tip 4: Pay Attention to Space and Balance

Space between patterns can sometimes speak as loudly as the patterns themselves. Too crowded, and there’s chaos. Too sparse, and there’s silence. Strive for visual equilibrium, spacing patterns equally as to have them relate, not compete.

Tip 5: Don't Be Afraid to Experiment

Lastly, don't be afraid to push your own boundaries and mix unexpected patterns. Sometimes the most striking combinations come from breaking the rules. Use our practical tips as guidelines, but trust your instincts and your eye.


Featuring curtains in Rebel Knit Malachite velvet, cushions and chair in Coral Odyssey Black and carpet from Alternative Flooring.



The intermingling of patterns in your home decor is a powerful tool, capable of articulating your personality and flair. By using our comprehensive tips you're well on your way to mastering the art of pattern clashing.

Remember, the goal is to create a space that's abundant in detail, yet possesses a natural balance that’s aesthetically satisfying. Home decor is one part rules, one part creativity, and one part feeling. Make your space a testament to artistry, one pattern at a time. And now, we'd love to hear about your personal pattern clashing adventures. Share your stories and questions in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram!

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