When it's time to introduce new upholstery, accent pillows, and other patterned elements to a room, it's not uncommon to feel a sense of unease. After all, you want to be sure the various patterns work well together and don't compete with each other. As a result, many people feel compelled to eliminate some of the variety and play it safe. Don't—backing away from a bold, multi-patterned statement could be a mistake.
"I always recommend bringing bold patterns and pops of color into a room to give it personality and depth," says . "Very often, we're more daring with mi patterns and colors in shirts and ties, and scarves and skirts, than in sofas, chairs, window treatments, rugs, and pillows. I always say to those leery of pattern and color: Take inspiration, guidance, and lessons from fashion."
"I'm a big proponent of mi patterns," says . "I think it adds energy and dynamism to a room. It creates new layers and another level of interest." agrees: "Unexpected visual pairings are exciting and can enliven a room," he says, pointing out that such elements are "keys to great design."