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Decorator Trick: Using One Pattern Everywhere

Decorator Trick: Using One Pattern Everywhere
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When we asked L.A. decorator Mark D. Sikes to reveal his favorite decorating trick, he offered, “Using the same pattern on the walls, curtains, chairs… on everything,” and it turns out he’s far from alone. Maxing out on a single motif is a tried-and-true design technique used by decorators such as Charlotte Moss, Mary McDonald, the legendary Mario Buatta, and the list goes on and on. Arbiters of taste Aerin Lauder and Tory Burch are also fans, each doing up an entire room in her home using a single pattern. Here are a few tips to help you nail the look.

1. Choose the Right Room

Because of its enveloping effect, this trick is best suited to spaces where you want to create a cozy vibe, such as a bedroom or a den.

2. Know Your Options

If you’re looking to coordinate your walls with your furnishings, find out if the pattern you love is available in both wallpaper and fabric. If not, upholstering your walls in fabric is an option, but it’s a task best left to the pros.

3. Consider Scale

Both large-scale and small-scale prints can look great splashed all over a room, but the effect of each is very different. Larger prints create a more graphic effect, whereas small-scale prints can have a more subtle, tonal look.

4. Ease In

If you’re not sure you’re ready to take the plunge, consider matching just your curtains and throw pillows, as they did in this home. You can always build up to the full effect over time.

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