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4) Stick with the same color palette- After going
to so much trouble to pick a color palette for
your room, stick with it when working with your
patterns! Mixing patterns feels far less chaotic
when you stick with colors that relate well to
each other. Does that mean if you choose a navy
blue pattern for your first pattern, the rest have
to be navy as well? No! But, they should all work
well together. Earth tones work well with other
earth tones. Pastels work well with other pastels.
But you don’t want to mix bright primary colors
with pastels when it comes to patterns.
If you want to see a couple of real life examples
from our home, check out how all of the fabrics
in one of my daughter’s rooms all work together,
even though there are a lot of different colors
represented (purple, teal, white—there’s even
some green on the upholstered bench).
textiles. If you have a leather sofa, you could add
throw pillows made of linen and cable knit to
add textural interest.
6) Balance patterns throughout your roomDon’t place all of your patterns on one side of
your room. Instead, make sure patterns are
distributed throughout the entire room. The
patterns in my family room are well spaced, from
the pattern on the rug, to the throw pillows on
the sofa, to the curtains, to the prints on the wall.
5) Vary the type of pattern and texture of the
fabrics- You will want to balance busy patterns,
such as florals or toile, with simple patterns, like
stripes. Or try mixing unstructured Ikat patterns
with a bold geometric pattern. For even more
visual interest, be sure to vary the texture of your

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