How to Mix and Match Patterned Bedding

This blog post about How to Mix and Match Patterned Bedding was originally published in 2014 and was updated in August 2023.

Mixing and matching bedding is one of our favorite ways to add pattern and depth to a bedroom. Plus, all of our bedding collections are designed to go together, so no matter the combination, the final result is sure to look cohesive.

To help get you started, we gathered some tried and true tips to mix and match bedding like a pro. You’ll have a beautifully layered bed in no time!

First, Start with Quality Bedding Basics

You’re going to want to start your bedding journey with a strong foundation: a statement headboard, luxuriously soft sheets and a classic bed skirt.

  • A statement headboard: Without a proper headboard, a bed is really just a mattress. That’s why we opt for something dramatic like our Villandry Cane Headboard to help set the scene of a bedroom before searching for bedding or complimentary pieces.
  • Luxuriously soft sheets: In the images above, we dressed the beds with sheets and shams from our Belíssima Linen Collection. These breathable, year-round sheets are garment washed for an incredibly soft hand, thick luxurious drape, and casually rumpled look. We gravitate towards linen becuase it gets softer and more enticing with every wash.
  • A classic bed skirt: bed skirts are a great way to complete the textured or layered look of a bed once you’ve picked your headboard and sheet sets. We can’t get enough of scalloped and pom pom edges in our bed skirts, but there are so many other options to choose from in the Ballard Designs catalog.

green bedding with floral draperyPick a Palette with Commonality

The next step in mixing and matching bedding involves pattern and color. Pick a print you love and make sure to use related colors that share the same hue. Sticking with one color will help unify the overall look.

As you can see above, the combination of a scalloped edges and bold florals is a bit unexpected, but it works so well because they’re in the same green family.

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. Almost any print, from floral to leopard to tribal, plays well with the linear design of stripes.

There are so many different ways to mix patterns and fabrics we’d love to tell you about, but we think our friends Cate Dunning and Lathem Gordon do it best in our exclusive designer interview below.

Play with Texture

Finally, unexpected pairings are all the more beautiful by varying texture. It’s a definite way to create visual depth and reflect the mood of your room. For example, a pom pom trim lends a fun and frilly touch to a crisp, clean duvet. Texture can also come from a fabric’s thickness or stitching.

Our 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.

Red Mix and Match BeddingFor more bedding inspiration, browse all of our new bedding collections to create a mix and match combination that suits your personality! Or find learn more in the blog posts below:

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    April 9, 2021

    Hi! I was wondering if someone could tell me where the bedframe is from in the picture with the purple quilt and the white bedside tables? It’s the light wood one and it is beautiful! 😍

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      Caroline McDonald

      April 14, 2021

      Hi Jordan,
      I believe that’s the Isabella Bed. Glad you like it!

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    January 10, 2016

    Could you tell me the color of the ticking stripe above? I’m having a hard time telling if it is navy or black.
    Thank you, Lauren

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 12, 2016

      It’s black! So glad you like it. Thanks for your comment.
      The How to Decorate Team

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    January 4, 2015


    I would like to register for some of the mix and match spa colored bedding for my wedding. It is hard to tell from pictures on the website whether it is more green or blue, however. Could you help me? Thanks.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015

      Hi Meghan,
      Unfortunately we aren’t able to send swatches of our bedding items at this time, but you could order a sham of the bedding collection just to see how the color is in real life. I will say that our spa color is a blend of green and blue. There is more blue, but the photos are a pretty accurate portrayal of the shade! I’m sorry I can’t be of more help, but I hope that answers your question!
      How to Decorate

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    December 27, 2014

    Amy from above, I should add that our walls are neutral (Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige), and we do not intend to paint them anytime soon due to a variety of other home projects. I would like to bring a little more color into the room.
    Thank you!

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    December 27, 2014

    I have the Caroline quilt, and I am looking for drapes that will go. Would any of the items at Ballard that have “spa” indicated as the color match the “spa” color that is one the reverse of the Caroline quilt? What Ballard drapes do you recommend with the Caroline quilt?

    Thank you,

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 15, 2015

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your comment! Any items with the same name of Spa should match either exactly or very, very closely to the spa on the Caroline quilt. For many of our fabric items, you can also order a swatch just in case you want to be sure!

      As far as drapery, we have a few suggestions for you. Our Sheer Linen Drape in Natural would be a lovely complement to the Caroline Quilt. We love the casual look of the tie top, and the sheerness will keep your bedroom light and airy. For something with more weight, we might suggest our Suzanne Kasler in Linen, Parchment, or Mineral all of which should pair well with the Caroline Quilt.

      Hope that helps!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Kim N

    November 10, 2014

    I have the camden tufted king headboard in the parchment color. It is difficult to choose a wall color for this!
    Do you happen to have any suggestions??
    The color on the website with the headboard is a greenish/bluish and I like that look.
    Any idea what this paint color is called?
    We are remodeling the adjacent bathroom and are about to paint the bedroom as well.


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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 21, 2014

      Hi Kim,
      Why don’t you try matching the paint color in the photo you mentioned using the Benjamin Moore color app? We’ve found it to be super helpful! That way you can get the exact look you already know you love in the photo 🙂
      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Sally dunn

    October 27, 2014

    I have gold colored walls and a gray headboard. How can I coordinate gold & gray bedding from your collection – I prefer a duvet and I like the toile pattern.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Sally,
      Thanks for your comment. We actually have a design team that can help you with your bedding and bedroom design. It’s a free service that we offer to all of our customers. Use this form to submit some photos, and our design team will reach out to your with suggestions. We look forward to helping you with your space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    May 20, 2014

    It has been a while since I bought a quilt and pillow covers from Ballard. I have to say that I a so disappointed that I cannot view the entire line of bedding at once. It seems that you want the decorators to help everyone even if they do not desire it. Is there another way to view all? Becky

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    April 7, 2014

    Hi, my bedroom walls are a brown/taupe color. Alot of black and white pictures in black frames and a dark velvet purple chair. Yes, a dark velvet purple, high back chair and a matching bench at foot of a king bed. I’m wanting to use your burlap natural bedskirt and a white fluffy comforter. What comforter and pillows do you suggest with what I’ve described?
    Thanks, Jane

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 8, 2014

      Hi Jane,

      We would love to help you with your decorating dilemma. If you submit your question to our design services team using this form, someone from our team will create a design plan for you!

      We look forwarding to answering your questions.
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Donna Quaranta

    February 16, 2014

    I have a king size bed how do I arrange and order the pillows should I use three (3) euro square in the back against headboard then two (2) king then three standard with some small pillow or is that too much help??? I am going to order the Ava block and the jardin toile combo by add the Pom Pom all in sandal wood?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 31, 2014

      Hi Donna,

      Our design services team would be happy to help you with this decorating dilemma. We actually have an ongoing column on How to Decorate that addresses customer questions! If you’d like to submit your space to our design team, we would love to help come up with a solution. Simply submit to us a photo of your space, as well as a brief description of the issue, using this handy form, and our team will reach out with our best solution!

      We look forward to helping you with your issue.

      The How to Decorate Team

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