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Mallory Frantz is the Design Editor for Miss A. She is a recent graduate of University of Redlands in Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. She was born and raised as a Colorado native, and her love for Denver brought her back to the Mile High city. She recently started a blog called Split Peas and Lavender, which explores style, design, and Denver’s culture. She loves to explore local restaurants through the eyes of a vegetarian eater, and is inspired by designers like Jonathan Adler to create similar yet more affordable looks. Mallory has been fortunate enough to travel many places. Most recently, she visited Swaziland, Africa for a service trip that involved farming and aiding the fight against HIV/AIDS. Although she loves to travel, her favorite place is Colorado where she is able to enjoy the outdoors and her urban lifestyle. When she isn’t writing, she is creating new vegetarian recipes, working on her passion for photography, and conducting DIY projects around her home.

How To Mix And Match Patterns For Home Decor

Bold prints, bright colors, and layers are some of fashion’s latest and greatest trends. J. Crew‘s creative director, Jenna  Lyons, pairs leopard print with polka dots and plaid, while  trend setters alike have gone so far as to pair tribal prints with florals.

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These fashion fads have gone beyond the runway and become decorating trends for the home. With all the prints and colors to choose from, mixing and matching can be difficult without guidelines from the pros. Below are a few tips to achieve a perfect balance of color  and print on your own.

1. Choose three (odd numbers work best) bold patterns that you can use as your base. The first pattern should be a large scale print that you love. The second should be different and of smaller scale. For example, if you chose a bold ikat print as your first pattern, your second should be a smaller scale plaid-like pattern. The third pattern should be the smallest scale and should draw on two or three colors from the first two prints.

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2. Choose a single piece of inspiration to work from: a patterned chair, piece of fabric, or a painting. Use that piece as your starting point and mix and match prints from there.

3. Work with colors. Don’t mix pastels and primary colors, instead use similar patterns within the same set of hues.

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