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Where should I try small prints?
These patterns work in rooms where you want a sense of calm, says Holly Becker, a stylist at Decor8Blog.com. Her favorites places include bedrooms and spacious master baths. One caveat: no great rooms or living rooms. There, small prints often fade out and get lost in the largeness of the space, a problem that's identifiable only after the paper is up.

Holly Becker is the author of Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps (Chronicle Books).