Decorating & Furniture/mixing patterns

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What is the rule of thumb on mixing patterns? I have a burgendy/gold swirl patterned sofa&love seat, and am trying to coordinate an area rug to put in front of them.I am trying to achieve vintage style.Also would you go with black&white artwork above a very dramatic sofa or not.I would appreciate your suggestions.

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A rule for mixing patterns is to make sure the pieces have all of the same colors in them, then to mix flowers/florals with plaids and plaids with stripes.  In your case, look for an area rug in burgandy/gold in either flowers, stripes or plaid.

Black and white artwork looks best with dramatic furnishings.  Just don't mix B/W art with color in the same room.

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