Green patterned walls and tented ceiling of a study in Oprah's guest house

Photo: Michael Arnaud

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Think pattern-on-pattern can't be done? Don't tell Oprah. The soft, aged feel of the green-and-cream fabric is just tame enough to cover the walls, sofa and curtains of her guesthouse in a way that's dramatic, not dizzying. The key to getting a polished look that isn't too busy lies in using complementary details, like furniture in a certain style—all classic, for example—or using shades of a particular color.