When it comes to decorating, textures and patterns speak volumes, especially when they’re used alongside one another. Since textures and patterns are powerful individually, it’s important to become familiar with the types that pair up best. If applied in the right manner, the addition of both textures and patterns can create a well-contrasted, appealing room.

With all of the different types of home decor available today, it’s an easy mistake to purchase an item just because you like it, only to later realize it doesn’t go with the rest of the room’s decor. The wrong piece or pieces can turn a well-decorated area into a clashing or overwhelming one. Know what to look for to prevent this from occurring!

To start, color has to come into play. If the room is going to have numerous textures and patterns of different colors, you’ll want the larger pieces of the room to remain neutral. This can include a table, couch, bed, dresser, or any piece alike. Being that these pieces are usually the largest, they have the ability to take away from the decor around it if they’re anything but neutral, and this is where the contrast begins.

Not only do textures provide decorative flair, many can provide comfort. Texture can be applied through area rugs, such as shag, frayed and sisal, decorative lamp bases, lighting pendants, paintings, books, plants, wicker baskets, and more. The list goes on, and you may find that these options can be worked with pattern as well, but these are some of the common choices to implement texture.


When it comes to patterns, many will say the lucky number is three. This is an agreeable number, especially if you want to prevent the room from having a “dizzy” appearance. If you decided to do three patterns, consider choosing one large statement pattern, another that differs from the first and is obviously smaller in size, and a final one that is similar to either of the first two. This way, there is stability without being too matchy. The easiest way to incorporate your patterns of choice is by using throw pillows, throw blankets, lamp shades, curtains, vases, and other small accessories.


The color of these patterns plays an important role as well. Try to use three or four colors that compliment one another. Within these three or four colors, there should be one that is used more than the rest. This goes back to our initial point of a well-contrasted room. If you’re looking for an easy way to choose your color scheme, find a piece you enjoy and go with the colors that come with it.

After succeeding in the areas of texture and pattern, the room should have an overall sense of balance and a cohesive flow. Down the line, once this design needs a refresh, you can trade textures and patterns in and out to create the next look.

Author Bio: This post is a guest contribution from Valley Lighting & Home Decor, a lighting and electric supply store located in Ansonia, Connecticut.

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