We share the ex­pert tips and tricks that will help you mix and match prints with ab­so­lute con­fi­dence

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What’s the best way to get pat­tern into a space?

‘There are two ways,’ says Frieda Gorm­ley, co-founder of pat­tern-lov­ing cloth­ing and in­te­ri­ors la­bel House of Hack­ney. ‘You could up­date your liv­ing space with wall­pa­pered walls or cur­tains, which are re­ally trans­for­ma­tive. Al­ter­na­tively, use cush­ions to layer prints – it should feel like it’s been del­i­cately built up.’

What are the pat­tern rules for dec­o­rat­ing?

‘Don’t put up wall­pa­per from a cor­ner – start in the mid­dle,’ ad­vise Alis­tair Mcauley and Paul Sim­mons of textile and wall­pa­per stu­dio Ti­morous Beast­ies. ‘Don’t use the same pat­tern scale for cur­tains and wall­pa­per – cur­tain pat­terns should be larger – and never use more than three prints in a room.’

Is any­where out of bounds for pat­tern?

‘I love it ev­ery­where, even on ceil­ings,’ says Gorm­ley, ‘ but I am a fan of crisp, white bed­li­nen – it re­ally sets off pat­tern.’

Do pat­tern clashes ever re­ally work?

‘They re­quire ul­ti­mate con­fi­dence, courage and co-or­di­na­tion,’ say Ti­morous Beast­ies’ Mcauley and Sim­mons. ‘But when they work, it’s amaz­ing.’ Gorm­ley ad­vises some cau­tion: ‘I love lay­er­ing prints and pat­tern, but there should prob­a­bly be some har­mony in the over­all colour pal­ettes or tex­tures’.

What are the pat­tern trends right now?

‘The mood’s very much about de­tailed prints that al­most be­come art,’ says Gorm­ley. ‘The choice is re­ally great at the mo­ment.’

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