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Nursery Design: How to Mix Patterns

Have you ever wished you could design a room with fun and interesting patterns, colors and textures? Does it seem daunting? Trust us—you are not alone. Many moms have asked us to give them some pointers on pulling it all together, so we thought we’d share some of our rules on how to mix patterns with you!

Rule #1: Start with a lead. The lead is something that ties the whole room together. It should be something that incorporates most of the colors you plan on using in the room. This might be a funky rug, wallpaper or fabric. For now, we will start with a fun, springtime rug.

Floral Rug from SuryaRug from Surya

Rule #2: Let’s bring the floor color up, and mix it with a fun wallpaper. Because the rug is a floral, we thought a garden theme might be fun for this room. We love the idea of incorporating a trellis pattern like the one below. Why? Because the geometric pattern on the trellis counteracts the round, floral pattern on the rug. This patterned wallpaper would make a great focal wall behind the crib or bed.

Trellis Wallpaper

Wallpaper from F. Schumacher & Co.

Rule #3: Now that we have the two main patterns selected, we need to fill in the room with accents to tie it all together. The accents should be smaller in scale so that they don’t compete with the two larger patterns. We like the breezy feel of the kite pattern on this crib sheet and love that it provides a punch.

Kite Fitted Sheet from Serena and Lily

Crib Sheet from Serena and Lily

We also love this pillow to bring another cute pop of color to the gray tufted chair that we selected for this nursery. The script won’t compete with the rest of the patterns in the space.

Hello Baby Pillow from Ivie Baby

Pillow from Ivie Baby

Once you have all of your patterns selected, make sure that you have plenty of each of the colors in the rug to tie it all together. You wouldn’t want a citron fitted crib sheet if your wallpaper is also citron.

Now it’s time to pull it all together!

How to Mix Patterns Design BoardImperial Trellis Wallpaper, French Tassel Window Panel, Six Ceramic Finches, Babyletto Convertible Crib, Kite Crib Sheet, Floral Felt Pillow, Floral Rug, Mercer Modern Chair, Hello Baby Pillow

You can see how the selection of colors and patterns makes this room come alive!

About the author
J&J Design Group is based in Scottsdale, AZ. Together Joanna Gick and Jennifer O’Dowd love to create fun and energetic spaces that grow with their littlest clientele. Bold patterns and bright colors keep their designs fresh and inspiring. With children of their own, Joanna and Jennifer know it is important that the space is just as livable as it is charming.
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