Smart Interior Design: Mixing Patterns
Mixing patterns such as polka dots and plaids or stripes and swirls gets a room noticed and most decorating involves mixing patterns that are either bold or subtle.
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World-renowned designer Alexa Hampton gives a few simple rules on how to mix and match patterns.
Mixing fabrics isn't that hard as long as you follow what you like, which sometimes starts with a favorite color. Choose the main fabric--often something out of the ordinary. This isn't necessarily going to be used the most, but it's the inspiration for the fabric choices to come. The others can be either heavily patterned or plain as long as they have the same colors as the main fabric.
Designer Duncan Busser uses Hampton's tips for mixing patterns to make over a bedroom with homeowner Stacy Crooker.
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