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Go for the Bold: 14 Great Ideas for Patterned Upholstery

Let’s face it: Most of us are afraid of using pattern of any kind on large upholstered furniture. I suppose it’s understandable, since we’ve been told over and over that investment pieces should remain neutral so it’s easier to change our decor when we want to.

I have one thing to say to that: “They’re not the boss of me!” And they should not be the boss of you, either. Since when did you ever let someone else dictate what you should or shouldn’t do? I say go for bold!

These examples are not for the shrinking violets among us. Rather, they’re here to celebrate the owners’ personalities and inspire confidence. Let’s look at them to understand the power of pattern to make a room really special.
Mad for plaid. Gingham is usually reserved for casual country kitchens, but here a large-scale gingham is elegant and sophisticated on two overstuffed sofas. The gentle gold complements the weathered blue-gray elsewhere in the room.