Mixing patterns is really trendy right now. Not only in fashion but in interiors too! It's not easy to mix patterns and there really aren't rules or rather the rules can be broken, but here is the general idea.
Here's some good examples of how to mix patterns....
Let's start with fashion
|Love these shoes!|
This works because animal prints are considered a neutral.
Stripes and Florals are a classic way to mix patterns. Medium + Small
Stripes & Geometric. Medium + Small
Medium (Shirt) + Small (Sweater) + Textural (The Skirt)
Usually with fashion you need to pair patterns with a solid because it may overpower YOU! But in a room, you can layer more without overpowering the space.
|Miles Redd Kid's Bedroom|
Large (Art)+ Medium (wallpaper ceiling & wall) + Small (Dresser) + Textural (Door)
Large (Ottoman)+ Medium (Drapery & Sofa) + Small (Pillows) + Textural (Rug & wicker chair)
Patterns can be tied together by style like the above, suzani & stylized florals or by color, which this room does as well.
|Designed by Kathryn Ireland|
Kathryn Ireland is a master at mixing fabrics, as well as designing them.
|Living room by Kathryn Ireland|
Large (Rug, Left Chair)+ Medium (Ottomans, Throw on Sofa, Pillows) + Small (Drapery) + Textural (Right Chair)
Large (Drapery, Stripe Pillow)+ Medium (Ottomans, Rug) + Small (geometric pillows on swivel chairs) + Textural (Sofa & skirt table)
Large (Lights, Pictures on wall) + Medium (Wallpaper, Door) + Small (Stairs) + Textural (Windows)
Large (Art, Sofa, Geometric pillow, Striped bedspread) + Medium (rug, pear pillow)
Large (Mirror & Wallpaper) + Medium (Bench, Chevron Pillow) + Textural (Blue Boxes)
|Designed by Daniel Sachs|
Large (Art) + Medium (Rug, Ottoman, Red Pillows) + Small (chairs, floral pillows) + Textural (long red pillow) These patterns work well together because they are the same french style.
|Diamond & Baratta Designs|
Diamond & Baratta are known for their over the top designs, turning up the volume on traditional!
Large (Chaise, ER signs, wallpaper, drapery, art) + Medium (Chairs) + Small (window pillow, display case items) + Textural (Rug)
There are pieces you can buy that already have a pattern mix, so all the work is done for you.
|West Elm Cadiz Rug|
|Mutina - Azulej Tile (comes in other colors)|
|Flor Carpet Tiles (comes in other colors)|
|Horchow Haute House Chair|
|Etsy Name Design Studio - Color Patch Sofa|