Layering Textiles: Push the Limits, Pull it Together

Saffron Marigold - Updated: August 30, 2018



Recently, one of our readers wrote in with an interesting issue.  She is interested in making throw pillows from the Saffron Marigold’s Tropical Garden print, and pairing them with an Indian Summer bedspread.  These are both vivid floral patterns, and she’s wondering whether the two will complement or compete.

Colorful Country Red Floral Indian Cotton Fabric
Tropical Garden
Orange Paisley Exotic Sari Print
Indian Summer

A global bedroom motif often involves layering pattern, color and texture, so I say that our reader is on the right track.  Here are two principles that will really make this work.

1.  Push the limits

Although it may seem a bit counter-intuitive, when bringing together active prints, more is more.  Using only two patterns would cause the two to compete.  Bringing in multiple patterns actually creates a cohesive look of vibrancy, warmth, and life.


Along with pattern and color, consider texture (satin, shearling, felt) and scale (bold, large scale pattern along with those more nuanced).

  • Here are few resources for really fun fabrics and throw pillows:

–  These gorgeous felted cushions from Looolo are made with sustainable materials.

felted pillow, green pillow, eco-friendly pillowloooloo pillow

–  Choose from Saffron Marigold’s variety of high quality Indian pillow covers, and it is easy to add global flair to your bedroom.

Paisley Fraiche Indian Cotton bedding
Paisley Fraiche pillow covers, by Saffron Marigold
Saffron Marigold Moonlit Taj Pillow Cover
Moonlit Taj pillow detail – Saffron Marigold

–  Amy Butler always offers unique designs and patterns for home decor.

pouf cushions, indian style pillow
Amy Butler Poufs

2.  Pull Together

We hear this all the time in life, but yes, balance is important! There should be a thread woven through your design that allows it all to hang together and make sense.

  • Choose a unified color palette


–  Here is an interesting website that explores color themes, and could be really useful in making palette decisions. .

–  Apartment Therapy hosts an annual colors contest, which is super fun to check out, and very inspirational.  You’ll get some great ideas here: .

  • Balance with neutrals and solid colors

–  To the riot of color, pattern, texture and scale, introduce a few easy neutrals and solids.  These will allow the eye to rest and will highlight  key colors.


I’m hoping that when Deb has completed her project she’ll share her pics!

What about you?  What have you learned about combining patterns?  What moods have you been able to create by bringing together a variety of prints and colors?  I’d love to hear ideas from you, too, and see your work.

17 responses

  1. Where can i find the bright orange and aqua paisley bedding?? its the last picture, and ive looked everywhere!!

    • Hi Carli!
      I’m working on sourcing this for you… the original blog I referenced does not indicate what this product actually is (it’s just used as an example of paisley bedding). If you’ll let me know what you’re looking for (is it the bright orange and blues, or just bright bold colors? Is it the paisley design in particular, or any organic design?) then I can find some similar items if not the original you’re looking for.

      By the way, how did you come across Saffron Marigold’s blog? (Just curious! 🙂 )

      – Heidi

  2. hi — i was wondering if you know the where i can get that paisley bedspread in the section balancing colors & neutrals.


    • Oh my! Everyone loves that bedding! I wish I knew where it came from, but the photo is really an “inspiration” shot, not from a certain retailer. I’ve searched high and low for that specific bedspread, and haven’t been able to find it. See my answer to Brittani – I sourced a similar spread for her.

  3. I was also wondering about the bright orange and aqua bedding…where can I find this? It would be perfect with my house! 🙂

    • Sorry Katie! That bedding is from an “inspiration photo”, not a retailer’s photo. See my answer to Brittany for a link to a similar bedspread.

  4. I have been looking EVERYWHERE for the paisley bedding as well! CANT FIND! Please help i am in love with it

  5. I LOVE the last bright paisley bedding! I read your other comments regarding it but is there a site where you found it first just so I can maybe find out where it came from because I’m obsessed :). Thanks!

    • Sierra,

      This inspiration photo came from Marie Burgos Design blog. If you click on the photo, you’ll be directed right to her page. Unfortunately, she hasn’t sourced the photo…

      If you end up tracking this bedspread down, however, would you let me know? As you can see, EVERYONE wants this bedspread!

      Best of luck with your obsession. 🙂

      – Heidi

  6. Hi guys, my sis-in-law just sent me an email with this link, asking me if this is my bedding- the orange and turquoise one- Yes indeed it is!! I have had it and loved it for 8 years- and it is still available, as it is one of the the labels classics- the answer is it is made by…dahdahdahdah… Gant!
    Hope you enjoy as much as I do- the cotton is just superb.

  7. Thank you SO MUCH Ed! As you know, we’ve had many, many requests for the source of this bedding. So glad you came to our rescue. 🙂 If you have a chance to send us a link, that would be great!

    Great sleuthing on your sister-in-law’s part!

    Take care, and I wish you many more years with this bedding that is the envy of many!

    – Heidi

  8. Hi Edwina!!!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I have been trying to track down this bedding and I am so happy to hear they still have it!!!! Can you please tell us where to find it?! 🙂 I, too, have an obsession for it!!!!

    Thank you for bringing the great news!!! 🙂

  9. Uggghhh, I have been obessed with this picture of the paisley bedding for weeks! I was so happy to finally come accross the bedding only to find it is not sold on the US site. Anyone have an idea where I can purchase in the US. Thank you!


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