Mix and Match 101: How to Add Pattern the Right Way

Photo by: Thomas Loof
Mix Shades of One Color

The walls in this Fort Wayne, Indiana, dining room have a bold linen print (Bennison's Lorenzo), while the rug has a striped pattern, but they work

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Photo by: Thomas Loof
Mix Shades of One Color

The walls in this Fort Wayne, Indiana, dining room have a bold linen print (Bennison's Lorenzo), while the rug has a striped pattern, but they work together because they're in similar colors. "A fluid, curving pattern and a geometric one can look great together, so try it!" designer Markham Roberts says. "You just have to pull out your swatches, try things out, and trust your eye. If it's hideous, try again."

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Tue, Sep 18, 2012 11:00 AM EDT

Don't be afraid to try patterns to make a room pop. But how can you make sure your space isn't an eyesore? Here, designers share their decorating tips for using patterns the right way.

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