When working with pattern within a design scheme it is important not to overdo it. The easiest way to use it is to select a large scale design, and a smaller scale secondary one, such as a large check and a stripe in the same colours, or a floral with co-ordinating leaf. To this combination you can add plains and textured plains in matching colours. Make sure when selecting the textured plains that the design style works well with the larger patterns.

Try to limit the areas of pattern, decide where the main design is to be used; curtains, wall/walls, floor or furniture, then add the second design with two or three smaller items, such as cushions, a single chair or a footstool. The other selected plains and textured plains would then be used for the other features in the room.

Fortunately selecting fabric patterns that work well together is not necessarily difficult, as manufacturers often group together two or three complimentary designs in the same colourway along with upholstery fabrics, plains and wallpapers, offering you a complete co-ordinated look.

If you have a lot of pictures to hang in one room think about the style of the images and of the frames; are they traditional or contemporary or a mixture of allsorts? Walls are best kept plain for a variety of styles or you risk conflict. Where just one style is in play, allow yourself more choice with a two tone stripe or a self coloured design.

Very bold and striking designs can have fabulous visual impact but over time you are more likely to tire of them, they can also be more restrictive if you decide to alter the style of a room. Try to use strong patterns on items that are easy and fairly inexpensive to change.

There are many wonderful patterns to choose from and the possibilities are endless. You can be as subtle or as wild as you like, but remember with pattern, less is more! 

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