As design fans we keep ourselves inspired – also by fashion. And the latest images of the runway trends for fall 2015 show us graphic patterns in broken colors and monochrome surfaces arranged in layers.

So if you’re up to makeover one of your rooms, or even the whole apartment, you can really let your creativity run riot. Patterned wallpapers, a potpourri of different pillows, anything is fine – more is more. Of course acting like this you can quickly lose track and suddenly the wannabe designer apartment turns out to be a rather screeching hell of colors. To prevent this from happening, we put together a few tips for your next creative outburst.

Tip # 1 Get a Harmonious Combination

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There are two simple variants to combine patterns. Firstly, different patterns can be combined well when they pick up on each other’s colors. In the picture above the dresser Honeycomb Blue is combined with the carpet Rhomb Orange and the sofa Julietta Orange. All three pieces contain the same shade of orange and therefore harmonize very well. Anyone who does not favor Orange, can instead combine our dresser with blue pieces, such as the Vase named Fischschwarm. Another simple method to combine patterns nicely is to use the same design and vary only in color.

Tip # 2 Create Quiet Zones

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The most harmonious mix of patterns will not help if there are no open spaces. These open spaces are not patterned and its colors are related to the furniture. They are necessary for your optical perception not to become overloaded. These optical quiet zones can be created for example by a monochrome colored wall or monochrome seat. In the example above the carpet Brick Orange is combined with the console Janus Colorful and our chair with armrests named Gamble Yellow.

Tip # 3 Stay Fresh!

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Don’t be afraid that you could quickly see enough of this creative, playful look – patterned things have the advantage that they can usually be combined with many different colors. It is often enough to change the color of a wall or of other quiet areas. So your favorite patterned piece shows in ever new facets.