There's a secret to adding character to your home, no matter its age or style: pattern--lots of it. L.A. designer Amber Lewis regularly combines ethnic textiles--as many as a dozen at a time--for rooms that look effortlessly pulled together.
If the tones match, it will look fine
It's all about color
When it comes to getting the right combo, "color plays more of a factor than the pattern itself," Lewis says. "You can mix pattern on pattern on pattern, and if the tones match, it will look fine." Lewis's method is easy to do at home: Put all the fabrics and pillows you're considering in a pile and take in the look as a whole. Pull out anything that appears off or doesn't have complementary tones.
Decorating with color
Build a quiet foundation
Keep a neutral base
White wainscoting. Walls the color of latte foam. A jute rug. The quiet foundation in the bedroom above creates breathing room for a multitude of prints. "A basic space lets you build on top of what's there and not feel like you have to work in pattern confinement," says