How To Mix Patterns in Your Home
Combining prints brings excitement to a room—but how do you make it work? Set small patterns against large ones, limit your palette, and include one big solid (on sofa, floor, or wall) in the scene. Go ahead: Do try this at home.
Expert advice to smooth the way, from San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres and New York City wallpaper master Al Hoxha.
Zigzag + Scroll + Geometrics
You can load up a room with graphic black-and-white patterns if you include softeners, like scrollwork pillows, a rich cocoa
sofa, and hits of juicy jewel tones (purple, teal, even the emerald green of a plant). A crazy wallpaper works best on just
one wall, rather than four, and should be behind the main seating area. You want to enjoy it on your way into the room but
not stare at it all the time.
Minaret wallpaper, about $195 a roll, Osborne & Little, 877-322-7420. Kent sofa in Kravet 288646 fabric, $4,390, nydc.com for info. Fabric for swirl pillows: Swash Stripe FD251, $148 a yard, leejofa.com for showrooms. Velvet Geo pillow (brown) with down-and-feather insert, $195, jaysonhome.com. Fabric for geometric pillow (right): Betwixt, $106 a yard, fschumacher.com for showrooms. Tutti Color throw in turquoise (similar to shown), $55, companyc.com. Zachary coffee table (left), $399, ethanallen.com. Geometric horn stool (right), $1,800, flairhomecollection.com. Eldridge lamp with white silk shade, $450, jaysonhome.com. Abstract Composition 22/10 (screenprint, left), by Rinaldo Paluzzi, $2,400, aerostudios.com for info. Abstract Painting (1964) (above sofa), by Mary Perminger, $2,500, The End of History, 212-647-7598. Calypso St. Barth Tile Jaipuri rug, $1,500 (9 by 12 feet), 866 422 5977.