5 Places to use patterns and 2 places to avoid them

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Some people love them, some people hate them. But there’s always room for a little pattern in your home’s interior décor.

Use patterns

Towels and napkins
Small bits of fun prints can add character to a plain kitchen. Dish towels and cloth napkins are easy to switch out, making it simple to change colors in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to try floral, stripe or geometric designs and rotate them regularly.

Outdoor furniture cushions
While your patio furniture should be sturdy and timeless, the cushions and pillows can be anything you like. Change them with the season or just because chartreuse is your new favorite color. Bold floral prints and bright colors work well outside.

Throw pillows
Throw pillows can take a living area from “blah” to “wow!” Pair pillows touting small prints with solid pillow partners. If you’re feeling extra edgy, a texture like fur or denim can add another dimension to your living room.

Kitchen backsplash
The backsplash can transform a kitchen. Try a bright, hammered copper or glass tiles to bring light and energy into the space. Have fun with this change by choosing a unique material that can be the room’s focal point.

Curtains
Curtains are a prime place to incorporate large, bold prints. Complement busy patterns in curtains with solid-color accessories in the same shades to avoid making the space look too busy.

Avoid patterns

All four walls
Too much of a print can make a room feel cluttered. Try accenting one wall with a bold pattern, because a room full of prints can be hard to look at and even harder to update.

Couches
A patterned couch is usually best left on the showroom floor. As an investment piece, couches should be more neutral than trendy. Most prints go out of style within two to three years, so don’t let the appeal of your couch expire that quickly.

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