TREND IN DETAIL: POWERFUL PATTERN
Homeowner Caterina’s tips for using print
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...