mixing and matching prints

Photo: © Emily Johnston

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Mistake #2: Forgetting to Bring Home a Swatch

The easiest and most cost-effective way to understand scale prior to purchasing is to bring home swatches and samples to help you visualize. A small- or mid-size pattern might look busy and complicated when viewed up close and on its own; however, when you pull back and envision it in a space, it may become less bold and more textural.