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Here a massive paisley print and a geometric pattern by British-American artist Sarah Morris happily coexist. Pair with a neutral couch for an effect that isn’t too matchy-matchy.
An unloved little hallway becomes a major graphic moment with a black-and-white alphabet print as a backdrop for bright chairs.
This wraparound couch has so many Alexander Girard-print pillows, we’re swooning.
When you’re upholstering a chair in an eye-catching fabric such as this geometric one, having two side by side makes it seem more like a planned design element and less like an unmatched wild hair in the room.
This couch’s two matching pillows--the different shapes add interest--look like ’60s pop, but they were actually created by Austrian craftsman Josef Hoffmann in 1913.
One striped piece in your living room is tasteful; but a bunch of stripes--like these from English fashion designer Paul Smith--make a distinctive statement.
While curtains require a lot of fabric--and can be a big investment--a large-scale black-and-white print, like this 1960 Verner Panton design, will go with any bold color you put next to it.
Southern California loves midcentury-modern decor--from Malibu’s glass boxes to the Valley’s ranch-style houses. While magnificently minimalist, the aesthetic can be tricky to pair with prints and soft furnishings. Until now.
At the new, open to the public Maharam studio at the Pacific Design Center, you’ll find a plethora of colorfully patterned fabrics and soft pieces--many of which were created by the same design greats who dreamed up classic modern furniture. Still stumped over how to blend stark with splashy? Here are some inspired ideas.
Maharam, 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite G-152; 310-228-3588 or maharam.com
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