Unsure how to mix prints, textures, and colors? Get inspiration from these lively rooms, where pattern takes center stage.
The guest room sitting area of our 2011 Idea House pairs several motifs within one color family for a cohesive look. Three
different patterns, from preppy stripes to repeating florals and ikat dots mix easily thanks to sharing the same moss green
hue and being paired with neutral, beachy elements, like the seagrass rug.
Get the look: The curtain fabric is Small Ikat in custom color from Lee Jofa. The chair fabric is Lizzie in Green from Lee Industries. The ottoman fabric is Lily in green from Lee Industries.
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The beautiful suzani pattern on the sofa was the starting point for our 2013 Showhouse lounge’s modern, Moroccan aesthetic.
For additional interest, designer Ginger Brewton introduced an assortment of prints—quatrefoil pillows and zigzag shades—which reads as cool and not crazy due in part to
the patterns’ vastly different scales.
Get the look: The walls are painted Hearts of Palm by Sherwin-Williams. The sofa chairs, and barstools are by Lee Industries. The hanging lantern and floor lamp are from Circa Lighting.
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What might seem like a pattern overdose comes together to create a serene space (important in a bedroom!) when you use a single
color. Pick a shade you truly can’t get enough of, like this leaf green, and the rest will be smooth sailing. Designer and
homeowner Ramey Caulkins matched the headboard fabric to the bed skirt for a cohesive look, and kept the room’s accessories subtle. The bird wall
art works nicely thanks to its soft green frames.
Get the look: The Sister Parish fabrics are: Dolly (drapes), Burmese (headboard and bed skirt), Chou Chou (back pillows), and Sister's Stripes (front pillows)
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In the master bedroom sitting area of this Carpinteria, California, home, designer Tim Clarke chose a hand-blocked fabric to dress the windows. “The damask print gives the space that traditional warmth, but the large
scale of the repeat adds a contemporary twist,” he says. It works especially well here because it’s among the few patterns
in the room. “One big print with some oomph goes a long way,” he says.
Get the look: The drape fabric is Regello in Bay on Soft Blue from Le Gracieux. The sectional sofa is custom by Tim Clarke. The sofa fabric is Castel Messina in Celadon from Donghia. The side table is from Mecox Gardens.
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In this Cohasset, Massachusetts, home, the designer looked first to the ultimate muse for inspiration: "We didn't want to
compete with the amazing views," she says. "So we chose a palette that supports and enhances the surroundings, like the soft,
soothing blues, greens, and beiges of the natural environment." The breakfast room takes the palette a step further, incorporating
playfully patterned fabrics in shades of turquoise, green, and orange. The room gets a modern touch with the zebra print rug.
Get the look: The contemporary table is from Arteriors. The bench cushion fabric is custom by Mokum. The zebra rug is from Hilason Saddlery. The walls are painted Tree Moss by Benjamin Moore.
In the living room of this Santa Monica midcentury modern abode, a statement-making graphic floral rug sets a boisterous stage
for the blue-on-blue theme. Designer Sasha Emerson used timeless patterns against modern bold ones for classic charm with an updated spin.
Get the look: The throw pillow fabric is by Judy Ross Textiles. The Sea solid linen armchair fabric, Suriname throw pillow fabric in Indigo, and Obi vintage side chair fabric are from Raoul Textiles. The armchair is by George Smith. The galvanized metal coffee table is by Suzan Fellman Studio. The rug is from The Rug Company.
Designer Austin Handler mixed aqua and peacock blue in this Hamptons dining room for a fun, playful look. “The trick when working with two colors
you don't see together often is to find your fabric first!” The room was inspired by the wavy chevron print by Jonathan Adler.
Combined, the room features three main patterns: Adler's chevron, the drum shade's lattice, and the white-and-aqua stripes
on the rug.
Get the look: The chevron print is from Kravet by Jonathan Adler.
In this bedroom, the graphic wallpaper could have felt overwhelming, especially when paired with more prints. However, the
designer used patterns that feature soft curves and similar hues—on the headboard, bedding, and lampshades—to keep the look
In this Key Biscayne master bedroom, three major patterns are at play to create a boho/resort vibe. The golden, Moroccan-style
carpet sets a structured tone, as do the pale blue, wide striped drapes. Meanwhile, the paisley bedspread trends toward whimsical
and features hues that tie the rug and window treatments together.
Get the look: The bed is from Hurley and Company. The rug is by Madeline Weinrib. The bench is from Victoria's Armoire. The side tables are from West Elm. The lamps are from Pottery Barn. The cushions are from Hurley and Company.
A trellis patterned floor in mustard yellow sets the stage for this guest bedroom designed by Amy Lau. The monotone floral wallpaper and citrusy green accents take the edge off the brighter shade without stealing its thunder.
"Colors in the same family have a complimentary, rather than competitive, effect," says designer Amy Lau.
Leave it to fabric guru and designer Kathryn Ireland to bring new and vintage textiles from across the globe together on one sofa and make it look perfectly polished. "In a successful
room, not one thing is in your face," she says. "You can have a lot of bright textiles that don't compete with each other,
they just have to share a connection, like a common color." Ireland ties most of her fabrics together with a shared color:
red, which is seen on several fabrics, the ottoman, lamp shades, and even in the painting.
Get the look: The ottoman, pillow, and lamp shade fabrics are from Kathryn Ireland. The art is from Natural Curiosities; 323/906-1083 or naturalcuriosities.com.
A predominantly white interior allowed these homeowners to go bold with their design choices, covering their gliders in zebra print and topping them with punchy pink-and-white polka dotted throw pillows for a cheeky and cheerful result.
Designer Meg Braff is known for bright rooms and exquisite use of pattern. In the den of her own West Palm Beach retreat, she mixed tangerine
and aqua based on this playful Bamboo and Birds wallpaper. The flora- and fauna-themed wallpaper plays nicely against the
lattice-patterend pillows. “When using a strong color like orange, I add only one or two accent hues—it’s less overwhelming,”
Get the look: Seville mirror, Julian Chichester. Chinese wood sofa, Shi & Erhard Antiques; 561/588-7288. Bamboo & Birds wallpaper (V-256), Bob Collins & Sons, Inc. Side tables, Bungalow5. White lamps, Blue Moon Antiques; 561/586-4498.