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Pattern Play!

Images from top left to bottom right: Rock ‘n’ Roll Kiss rug, Rock ‘n’ Roll Mr Blue Sky rug and the new Margo Selby Stripes collection.  Floral and Stripe fashion designs from Vogue’s Ultimate Spring/Summer Trend Guide 2017: Marques Almeida, Christopher Kane and Paul Smith catwalk shows


How to work the florals and stripe trend

Forget stars and stripes, florals and stripes make the perfect pairing this summerPattern play is all the rage on the catwalks walks with eye-popping florals mixing with stripes in every which way. It’s a winning fashion combination that is inspiring interiors too.


Here’s six tips on how to mix, match (and clash) patterns like a pro

Make one of the prints a neutral. Stripes and in particular tonal or mono stripes (and yes leopard prints count in this tip) are considered neutrals in fashion so used as an easy base to add more floral pattern too.

Mix florals and stripes but when using two or more different prints the trick is to share at least one colour, that will bring the look together. You can also avoid a print mash up by staying in the same colour family.

Choose one print to dominate and one as the main accent.  Go big on florals and small on stripes or vice versa.


Beware print mixing can make you dizzy 

Wear one print allover but change the colour. Same print, different colour, works every time! Or if you want to use the same pattern invert the colours.

In interiors, it is always a matter of scale and balance.  Mix prints of different scales. Play with size, the same print in different scales works wonders. Choose one print to dominate and one as the main accent.

Spots and stripes always work so take it a step further this season and go for the floral and stripe combo. It will make your wardrobe and home super happy.


Competition Time!

If you love mixing your prints then enter our competition for a chance to win a classic striped rug and contemporary floral cushions to brighten up your home.

Let rugs and cushions be your friends when accessorizing your space. Material Girl, Imogen Heath is a British designer who creates decorative patterns on luxurious cushions handmade in her studio. Alternative Flooring loves rugs and the Mr Blue Sky design from the award-winning Rock ‘n’ Roll wool stripe collection will cheer up your home whatever the weather.  The rug and cushions look great together. It is a match made in heaven and one that you can now win! Enter comp here

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