3 easy ways to transform yourself into a pattern pro

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  • Whether you're ready for a big change or just fancy bringing a pop of pattern to your scheme, decorate with confidence with these fail-safe tips

    You are: A savvy shopper

    Ready for a change but don’t have days to spend trawling Pinterest? Take a tip from our September issue and mix and match fabrics from one collection. Because the designs have been carefully curated to go together, you needn’t worry about trying to match colours or prints from different brands – all the hard work’s done for you! Choose a large-scale print for your biggest furnishing, such as a pair of curtains, then more dainty prints from the same collection for accessories, to create a seamless look that a stylist would be proud of!

    Curtains made in Mariam Sorbet, £19 per m, Clarke & Clarke. Cushions made in Stockholm Stripe, £48 per m, Vanessa Arbuthnott; Mariposa Pink; Pink Stars; Mandir Olive; Green Elephant; all £19 per m, Clarke & Clarke; Geneva Vintage, £30 per m, Villa Nova

    You are: An indecisive decorator

    Worried about changing your mind? Keep your options open with plain walls, furniture and flooring, then opt for patterned accessories that are easy to refresh. Start by choosing just a couple of key colours from the rest of your scheme, such as old gold and white, then layer up patterns in the same shades for a cohesive look. Try upholstering a footstool or opting for a curtain fabric in the same pattern to really tie the room together.

    Cushions made in Harewood Acacia, £24 per m, Clarke & Clarke; Cheslyn, £53 per m, Sanderson; Plain Check Hay, £46 per m, Vanessa Arbuthnott; Grasmere Dijon, £26 per m, Ashley Wilde

    You are: A modern motifer

    Think patterns are outdated? Think again. Choosing the right motif can instantly give a scheme a contemporary feel – opt for graphic or Scandi-inspired prints for a subtle and modern approach to pattern matching. Start with muted monochromes, then lift the overall look with pops of bright colour such as lime green, lemon yellow or warm coral.

    Suvi wallpaper, £50 per roll; cushions made in Suvi, £55 per m; all Romo

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