How To Mix & Match Pillow Patterns
08/07 Design Tips

How To Mix & Match Pillow Patterns

Sharing our top-secret, go-to formula.

Mixing and matching pillow patterns is one of those things that sounds simple, but once you start trying to put a combination together, it can feel next to impossible. 

We get it, we've been there! 

But before you throw your hands up in the air and choose four of the same styles because it's easier, read this. 

We're going to share our top-secret, go-to formula for mixing and matching pillow patterns. 

Even when we're not consciously paying attention to the "pillow" rules, our schemes end up in this combination. It just works! This process can be applied to both fabric schemes for pillows and whole room designs. 

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Here's how we do it: 

  1. Identify a color scheme

Which colors are you drawn to? Which accent colors do you want to pull out from your current home design? Maybe it's a tone on a piece of artwork in your living room, or something contrasting but complimenting! Once you identify a color scheme, see where it takes you and allow it to pivot. If you fall in love with a pillow first, try building your color scheme off of that!  

How To Mix & Match Pillow Patterns

2. Start with the Organic print 

This pattern has movement, curves, and is inspired by nature. Its print is often multi-colored (but it doesn't have to be).

How To Mix & Match Pillow Patterns

3. Move to the Geometric 

Lines, grids, and repetition. This balances out the movement of the organic print.   

4. Pick something with contrasting Scale

Really large or really small, just make sure the print size is a stark contrast to one of the others selected. 

How To Mix & Match Pillow Patterns

5. Texture

This is something we see a lot of pillow schemes missing! Velvets, metallics, furs, and embroideries add much-needed warmth to any design.

How To Mix & Match Pillow Patterns

Styling tip: Once you select your pillows, screenshot photos of them and pull them up next to each other! That way, you can see how they look next to each other and switch them out accordingly. 

Like we said, this method of mixing patterns can be applied to a lot of different areas of design. Read our recent post on mixing rugs in the same open-concept space here. 


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This post has been updated from its original version


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Studio McGee
  1. Yes!
    Thank you I get it now.Cushions have always bamboozled me….
    You’re sharing of expertise is most appreciated.
    Love your work!

  2. In love with everything you post! Please, please have a holiday sale on your lovely pillows. I’m sure you will sell out in no time! ?

  3. Great post! Curious if you ever do completely symmetrical pillow arrangements or do you always recommend mixing it up?

  4. Great post!
    I was wondering if you could provide tips on what color combo of pillows would work for a dark leather couch? Most couches you style are of light color…wondering if color combo would differ for a dark one. Thank you’

  5. I just love all of your designs!! This post answered so many of my questions. Styling pillows is tough!! Thanks for the great tips.

  6. I was hoping to find help from the design team with picking a rug from your collect that may work for my living room. My sofas are white textured linen. Pieces in the room from Mcgee collection; the cosette chair (flax color), the sorren media cabinet, and aldo leather poofs. The coffee table is aged natural oak. I also bought some pillows from your collection for this room and was hoping you could help me pick a rug that would work well with what I have going. The pillows are: Keegan mixed stripe 22×22, avery double stripe 20×20, oxford woven plaid green 22×22, bristol fern 24×24, nancy pillow 22×22, Kamilah 24×24. Based on this I feel the underlying tone of the room is like a hunter or forest green and was thinking this is what the carpet should be but given everything else is neutral, I am open to other options. Would a blue work base work? I need help 🙂 I also need help picking 2 more pillows another 24×24 and 14×20 to add more depth to the pillows
    Near by is the salamanca rug in small size at entry way. so just trying to tie it all together


  7. You have such great style, I love all of the sofas pictured in this pillows post. I’m looking for new sofas for my living room. Where can I find all of these sofas for purchase, please!! Thanks in advance for your help 🙂

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