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Mix patterns like a pro with these home decor tips

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When it comes to home decor does the idea of combining patterns seem overwhelming?

Ronesha Peņa, owner of the Sycamore-based Fargo Home Furnishings, has some tips on how you can learn to mix like a pro.

First, know the area you are working with, she advises.

“Of course with larger spaces you can add a ton of patterns to give the room depth but with smaller spaces, using less patterns is advisable,” she said.

Also, be sure to start with a color you like.

“For those that are extremely experimental, I would suggest using three patterns that can compliment each other and play with colors that are related to tie the patterns together,” Peņa said.

An odd number of patterns, particularly about three, works well when it comes to mixing and matching. For instance, mixing a geometric pattern, floral and stripes works great for any size space.

What doesn’t Peņa recommend?

“A big no-no is to mix pastels. Also mixing whites with off whites never work as well,” she said.

Another thing to keep in mind is where the design will be used. For instance, larger patterns look better on larger items, such as area rugs, duvets and curtains, while smaller patterns are better suited for smaller accent pieces such as throw pillows and lamp shades.

Wondering if solids can be incorporated into the mix? The answer is yes.

“Individuals who would rather play it safe usually choose just a solid pattern,” Peņa said. “But I would advise that they branch out and experiment with patterns - mixing solids with patterns like paisleys, plaids, florals or even stripes add texture to a space.”

For more information, call Fargo Home Furnishings at (815) 991-9181.