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Publication Date: 2014-05-02

Design Insights

14 Ways to Decorate with Pattern

Unsure how to mix prints, textures, and colors? Get inspiration from these lively rooms, where pattern takes center stage.


Let Fabric Be Your Guide

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.

Use One Large-Scale Print

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.

Span a Shade’s Spectrum

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.

Walk on the Wild Side

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.

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