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Method to the Madness: Mixing Prints & Patterns

Mixing prints and patterns

By Sharon Johnson


Mixing prints and patterns in your home can be a delicate balancing act. If you don't take it far enough, the room can look bland and unfinished; take it too far, and the result can be a chaotic swirl of color and pattern that sets the brain sizzling. The goal is to find that middle point, with a mix of patterns that is visually interesting though still orderly: there must be a method to the pattern madness! While there are multiple ways to mix patterns to please the eye and create a harmonious feel, the best way to learn is to see how the experts do it. Scroll the slideshow as top interior designers show us how it's done.

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Living Room by Andrea Schumacher

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The colorful, wood-block fabric window treatments, Moroccan-style rug, and staggered-square tile flooring all work together because the dazzling orange is balanced throughout the room and serves to unite the whole. Note how the chairs and sofa are solids, with colorful pillows as accents. Keeping the upholstery one color gives the eye a place to rest.

Living Room
by Andrea Schumacher

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