How to Decorate With Patterns? In general, when layering patterns, it is best to combine prints in different styles and scales. The latter is super important. The most prominent pattern in the room, typically a rug with a colorful motif, sets the tone for the rest of the space. Afterward, additional layers of complementary or contrasting patterns in smaller sizes boost visual interest. Those items often include accent pillows, throws, furniture, and curtains.