Don't be afraid of mixing plaids, checks and prints. Just keep your selections in the same color family to keep the look cohesive. An eclectic mix of patterns creates a casual and homey feel that most guests will appreciate. Tip: Tea towels are excellent to use for oversized napkins and can be found in a variety of prints and patterns.
Two bold patterns and a pop of turquoise turn this neutral kitchen into a stylish, memorable space: Wide turquoise-and-white stripes sweep across the ceiling and the barstools are upholstered in black-and-white plaid.
The bed wall is comprised of thick gray curtains that match the dramatic upholstered headboard. Plaid bedding and a mahogany writing desk add masculinity, while a cheetah-print rug brings flair to the space.
Add comfort. Pillows provide a soft buffer between you and a bookcase headboard. They can also introduce pattern and color. “With the addition of an extra long body pillow, it softened the surface nicely,” says Jo Torrijos, an Atlanta DIY blogger and stylist. “Plus, if you're anything like me, you'll have at least half a dozen pillows on your bed to create a cushioned oasis.”