How to Mix and Match Patterned Bedding

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

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. 

Our gorgeous Jardin Toile bedding is mixed with our Ava Block Print quilt

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

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

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.

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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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