This sophisticated dining room knows how to pair patterns: First, keep them in the same color scheme (here it's gray and white). Next, choose prints in different scales: a big, airy diamond-pattern for the rug, a more elaborate smaller-scale design for the curtains.
A simple enough foyer takes on zippy personality with a pair of zebra-stripe stools. The white rug is a nice complement nearby, a graphic pattern to match the stools' punch but in a single color so as not to be too busy.
Four sky-blue armchairs create a balanced look in this chic dining room, especially as their graceful curve is mimicked by the round coffee table. A thin animal skin rug underfoot is a welcome contrast to the heft of the chairs.
In an intimate space like a bedroom, dark colors on the walls can be a welcoming choice, making the space feel cozy and unusual. Here, gray is contrasted with a white ceiling and crown molding, a look as crisp as hospital corners on a bed.