Photo: Victoria Pearson, designed by Kathryn Ireland
Feel free to mix three (or more) different patterns—just try to link them with common hues.
Bathing an entire room in one color—from walls to sheets and pillows—can be more soothing than you think.
Black-and-white photographs are a great option for a vibrant space, where a bright painting might overwhelm.
To keep bright colors from overwhelming a room, make the bedding and two walls bright white.
"If you choose a solid color for your bed," says design expert Nate Berkus, "keep things interesting by experimenting with textures. Try combining felted wool with cottons and knits."
Establish a harmonious palette—then energize it with a single item in an opposing shade.
Serene solids provide a great foundation, but a quirky patterned pillow is an inexpensive, low-commitment way to add pop.
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