how to decorate with patterns

Pull together a few of your favorite patterns (plaids, stripes, zebra prints) to create truly personal space.

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We all admire those spaces that know how to mix things up. Yep, that means the plaids can live with the zebra prints and look pretty darn chic. From bold quirky designs to more subtle prints, here are some ways to have fun with pattern. 

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Graphic rug, geometric shades, and bold artwork can stick together. The neutral walls give the space some necessary breathing room. 

If you’re ready to go bold with pattern, start by sticking within the same color palette. A room can look tasteful without being overwhelming. 

Embrace your style and weave it through a space. Drapes with an oversized floral design can play well with a striped rug and eclectic mix of items.  

It can be nerve-racking to experiment with patterns. Take it slow by first choosing a strong palette that you know you’ll want to live with. You’ll have a lot more freedom to decorate with styles you’re drawn to. 

A sofa covered in a ticking stripe fits in with an assortment of plates hung on the wall. This setup works in any odd-man-out space like a corner of a large kitchen or a long and empty corridor.

Patterns can change the overall vibe. Big florals in this bathroom emphasize a calming element. 

Stripe walls elongate the space creating the illusion of a high celing. 

Neutrals don’t need to be basic. Soft-toned wallpaper sets a tranquil vibe in this bedroom, which coordinates gracefully with the printed duvet. 

A medley of printed pillows play off the striped rug to set a cheerful tone. 

You might not think certain patterns would ever (in a zillion years) sit peacefully together. We urge you to take a chance. When set together, a few of your favorite pieces will feel right at home and make a room feel extra homey and comfy.