9 ways to decorate with patterns

Layering on prints is the fastest way to recharge a room. An L.A. designer and mix master explains how

Pattern play
Lisa Romerein

Pattern play

There’s a secret to adding character to your home, no matter its age or style: pattern—lots of it. L.A. designer Amber Lewis regularly combines ethnic textiles—as many as a dozen at a time—for rooms that look effortlessly pulled together. “A lot of ethnic prints reflect items in nature; paisley looks like a leaf, a suzani is a take on floral,” she says. “The shapes are organic, so nothing seems forced.” Look at these three SoCal bedrooms designed by Lewis to learn how to mix and (not) match fabrics from around the world in your own home.


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