Learn to mix and match patterned bedding

Our nesting instincts have kicked into high gear and not a moment too soon. We’re introducing 10 new bedding collections in our favorite colors and fabrics of the season, all designed to mix together for an effortless look. That means it’s now easier than ever to turn your winter den into the coziest, softest and most stylish spot around.

Follow our tips below to help you find just the right combination of color, pattern and texture to create a beautifully layered bed.

Mix and match patterned bedding

Mix and match patterned bedding

Mix and match patterned bedding

Start with Really Great Basics

According to our bedding stylist, Beth Marrs Dean, a beautiful bed begins with great basics: a statement headboard, luxuriously soft sheets and a classic bedskirt. Beth prefers to build from a neutral foundation rich in texture. For the bedroom above, she selected the Camden Headboard and Basic Bedskirt in natural linen – but if you’re not one to shy away from color or pattern, go for it. 

Mix different patterns in the same hue for a cohesive look

Mix different patterns in the same hue for a cohesive look

Mix different patterns in the same hue for a cohesive look

Pick a Palette with Commonality

Layering patterns brings personality to your space and creates a lived-in look. But it is your bedroom, so keep it harmonious with the unifying element of color.  When you’re selecting bedding – Beth suggests starting with a print you love – make sure you use related colors that share the same intensity in hue. The combination of our Caroline Quilt and Jardin Toile Duvet is a bit unexpected, but it works so well because they share the same muted spa blue tone. For a completely foolproof strategy, stick to one color for a tone-on-tone look that’s just as chic, like we did in the bedroom above. The Ava Block Print and Jardin Toile, both in our Sandalwood colorway, blend effortlessly, while still bringing lots of personality to a crisp white bedroom.

Learn to mix and match bedding patterns

Use a solid to help blend two patterns

Use a solid to help blend two patterns

Vary the Patterns

Another way to keep the mix pleasing to the eye is selecting a variety of patterns in different sizes, shapes and styles. For instance, the traditional print of our Jardin Toile is instantly freshened when paired with the more modern Ava Block Print Quilt. The shams, sporting the small-scale reverse block print, add a welcome balance to the look.

Still uneasy about mixing patterns? You can’t lose with stripes, says Beth. Almost any print, from floral to leopard to paisley, plays well with the linear design of stripes. We blended our black Ticking Stripe Duvet with a large-scale Toile, while the solid Audrey Pom Pom Duvet in gray unites and grounds the two prints. We love the classic, yet modern look stripes create when they are coupled with an unexpected print.

This bedding look mixes the same pattern in two different shades

This bedding look mixes the same pattern in two different shades

This bedding look mixes the same pattern in two different shades

Play with Texture

Unexpected pairings are made all the more beautiful by varying texture. It’s a definite way to create visual depth and reflect the mood of your room. A rumpled quilt takes on an air of informality when layered with a luxuriously soft percale duvet and velvet pillow. Pom pom trim lends a fun and frilly touch to crisp, clean stripes. Texture can also come from a fabric’s thickness or stitching. Beth’s top trick for styling a bed is layering duvets and quilts together to achieve a dreamy mix of textures. Depending on the level of warmth you want, cover your bed with one and fold the other at the foot of your bed.

In the bedroom above, we blended the same pattern in varying color ways to achieve a fun mix, but in a way that still feels cohesive and serene.

Browse all of our new bedding collections to create a mix and match combination that suits your personality! Or find more inspiration by browsing our Pinterest Boards.