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2. Celebrate the art of the clash. This homeowner didn't even try to pretend to match the pink throw pillow to the rug beneath, and the result displays an irresistible swagger. The key is not to include too many mismatched patterns — if you go overboard, you'll create a sense of chaos rather than confidence.
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5. Combine classics. Timeless patterns — plaids, zebra, paisley — mingle in this masculine sitting area, underpinned by the lush Oriental carpet. Like a Chanel suit and a pair of spectator pumps, classic motifs and pieces will always work well together.
6. Repeat rug colors in the furniture. The rich reds and blues in this Oriental rug are carried out in the blue sofa and red Chinese-style chest. Despite the other patterns thrown into the mix, the overall effect remains unified.