Home­owner Ca­te­rina’s tips for us­ing print

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An­chor your pat­terns You can be ex­trav­a­gant with print if you set it against a neu­tral back­drop. Here, the wall­pa­per, graphic rugs and tex­tiles are held to­gether by a largely mono­chrome pal­ette. Buy what you love If you choose colours and ma­te­ri­als that you’re pas­sion­ate about, you can’t go too far wrong. If you re­ally be­lieve in your choices, no mat­ter how ‘out there’, you won’t grow tired of them. Be bold and brave If you have an empty space, why not cover it? This was my ap­proach to the Win­ter Gar­denin­spired loft – I wanted to do some­thing unusual and be more dar­ing with the low-ceilinged room. Learn to layer Dec­o­ra­tion of­ten be­gins with a sin­gle ob­ject, some­thing you love – so start with a hero prod­uct, such as a rug or a sofa, and work around it, adding new pieces, from cush­ions to fabrics and art, lit­tle by lit­tle. Look to fash­ion for in­spi­ra­tion The most in­ter­est­ing colour, tex­ture and pat­tern com­bi­na­tions of­ten orig­i­nate on the cat­walks and can be ap­plied to your home. Ul­ti­mately, dec­o­rat­ing should be fun Some of the most un­ex­pected pat­tern clashes can work bril­liantly to­gether. It’s all about con­fi­dence – be­ing dar­ing and not wor­ry­ing about mis­takes. Fabrics and wall­cov­er­ings are the per­fect way to ex­per­i­ment, as they are easy to change.

‘For me, the LAY­ER­ING of fabrics and pat­terns is a FREE­ING process – I love PLAY­ING around with MA­TE­RIAL. Piece by piece, I add one thing

ON TOP of an­other’

Op­po­site Ca­te­rina en­joys views of Lake Como from her bal­cony Bed­room Moroc­can straw mat­ting com­bines with a 17th-cen­tury em­bossed leather screen, a blue iron fold­ing ta­ble and pink and yel­low silk cur­tains Bath­room The basin is by Ceram­ica Flaminia. A...

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