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How to Mix Patterns like a Pro

We get it. Pattern mixing is scary. But there is hope, and we want to help you conquer your pattern-mixing fears.


If you're starting with a bold pattern, bring in a smaller scale print or a solid for harmony.

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Go Monotone

Dip your toe in by choosing 3-4 prints in the same shade.

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Try This Formula

Pick a color palette, and then mix one floral, one geometric, a stripe, and a solid.

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The Magic of Stripes

Stripes are a secret weapon because they go with almost any other patterns, from floral to kilts and even other stripes.

Even with a bold rug and tons of patterned, a striped chair works beautifully. The colors coordinate, and a thinner stripe balance the more dramatic patterns of the other pieces.

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