Pat­tern Play

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Patty is not afraid of putting to­gether bold blends when it comes to mix­ing pat­terns through­out the rooms of her cot­tage. Here are her tips for com­bi­na­tions that pro­vide a vis­ual treat with­out go­ing over the top:

Wall Won­ders

Black-and-white or pe­riod-style art­work, such as sil­hou­ettes or doc­u­ments, can serve as a neu­tral coun­ter­bal­ance in rooms where the fur­nish­ings and walls fea­ture a lot of color or pat­tern. Con­versely, you can play into the theme, hang­ing dec­o­ra­tive plates on wall­pa­pered walls—look for a com­mon hue or mo­tif to make it work.

Non-com­pete Clause

Paint walls, trim, mold­ing and even the fire­place man­tel in a sin­gle hue to give the room a base of color that doesn’t de­tract from the fur­nish­ings and col­lectibles ar­rayed in the space. If you pre­fer a sub­tle color con­trast, con­sider paint­ing the trim a slightly darker shade than the walls.

Op­po­sites At­tract

Give your­self per­mis­sion to mix and match col­lectibles from across pe­ri­ods, themes and styles. For ex­am­ple, Patty pairs pewter with an­tique Stafford­shire fig­urines in the liv­ing room.the sturdy, sim­ple shapes and metal­lic lus­ter of the pewter pro­vide a per­fect con­trast to the del­i­cate na­ture and bright colors of the porce­lain.

Com­mon Ground

Myr­iad pat­terns can co­ex­ist har­mo­niously when kept to a few com­mon themes. In­ter­min­gle flo­rals, plaids, checks, stripes and geo­met­ric shapes on up­hol­stery, win­dow treat­ments, throw blan­kets, rugs and dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows, us­ing sim­i­lar hues and scale to tie ac­ces­sories to­gether.

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