Find Your Inner Design Daredevil: Beautiful Rooms that Fearlessly Play with Pattern

Find Your Inner Design Daredevil: Beautiful Rooms that Fearlessly Play with Pattern

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 25, 2016
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The conventional wisdom about patterns is to use them sparingly, but you might decide that conventional wisdom got it wrong when you see these joyfully, riotously patterned spaces. In these rooms, rugs and upholstery and pillows and wallpaper all present competing patterns, for a look that's layered and energizing and unexpectedly lovely.

Above: Patterns (many by Swedish designer Josef Frank) mingle joyfully in an East Hampton hotel spotted on Lonny.

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Two leaf prints and a touch of ikat add a lively touch to this living room spotted on Erin Williamson Design.

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Oriental rugs are a great way to add subtle pattern, and can pair quite well with other prints. Image from Lovely Life.

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3 patterns coming together give this entryway, spotted in Boston Magazine, a layered, cozy feel.

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Florals on florals in a living room spotted on Chamber Tales.

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I love the combination of the two floral patterns — one a bit more subtle, the other bigger and bolder — in this space from Desire to Inspire.

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Bare white walls and white curtains help to balance the riot of pattern in this space from Pelle Lundquist, ensuring that the overall feel is calm and restful.

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Even more Josef Frank patterns in a space from Skona Hem.

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Unexpected patterns come together in a space from Jenny Komeda, via The Everygirl. Since the couch is black and white and the pattern on the chairs, while quite lively, sticks to one color family, the overall look is energizing but not overwhelming.

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Delicate florals come together in this bedroom from The Way We Play.

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This African-inspired Ruth Lloyd design from Cargo Collective pairs surprisingly well with a marble print.

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Black and white tile and a dark oriental rug (and a peacock) make for a non-matchy match in this living room from My Domaine.

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The brilliant combination of a checkerboard floor, a geometric bedspread and a palm-print wallpaper make for an entirely different kind of bedroom, as spotted on Fine Little Day.

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