Pattern is a scary concept in the home. While you can whip out crazy-colored, geometric, wide-legged pants for a single day, you want to be pretty sold on printed decor before committing — it’s a much longer relationship. (Example: That area rug that needs to last you a decade.) But, the reward of a patterned home far outweighs the risk.
Inspired by the recent comeback of graphic wallpaper, we took five of our favorite wall prints and juxtaposed them against contrasting (and complementary) patterned home items. But, we couldn't do it without a little help. NY-based home style expert Bean The Bunn obligingly stopped by the set to show us his styling tricks. Ahead, four brilliant ways of print-mixing that can be done in small doses. You'll have your own rabbit hole boldly decked out in no time.
Classic & Modern Bean started with classic Regency and Art Deco-esque wallpapers and added modern spotted, squiggled, and Shibori-dyed pillows — proving that opposites attract. Loud pops of cherry and orange reds keep the whole scene from feeling too precious. And, if all that color ever feels crazy, simply add or subtract pillows and blankets.
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Grow House Grow
Chicago: Mexico City
The Cone Dwellers of Asia Minor
Splotched Dot Patch Pillow
Navy Striped Shibori Pillow
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Blanket and pillow by Dusen Dusen, available Summer 2015.
Tiny & Bold This detailed "Too Much Stuff" wallpaper by Flat Vernacular (yes, there's everything from dinosaurs to umbrellas to swimsuits on there) is the perfect backdrop for wide stripes and a color-burst plate. Also, raspberries for breakfast is always a good idea.
Shades Of Neon Sometimes, all you need is one really bold print, like this Calico "Aurora" wallpaper. The plastic rose tray with the same color palette is the perfect pairing. And, who ever said lamps have to stay on the table?
Calico Aurora Neon Wallpaper, $32 per square foot, available at Calico.
Circles & Squares If you want to host a mystical forest dinner party (and who doesn't?), geometric triangles and moon plates are the way to go. Try playing with sharp squares and dreamy, circular shapes. Surprisingly, pink copper, orange, and deep-sea blues all get along amicably here.