Rue How-To: Decorate Like You Dress

This fall, every fashion editor in existence is mad for prints and patterns – and I, an under-the-radar neutrals girl at heart, am so wholeheartedly with them (my closet’s undergoing a vibrant renaissance as we speak). The best part about this craze for eye-grabbing design? It carries straight on into the home. Just stick to a few ground rules (below), and, if rooms could saunter down a catwalk, yours would be stealing the show.

Florals
This print (it’s from one of my favorite tops) is totally upholstery-inspired, which makes the transition into home just that more natural. Decorate with florals – abstract or graphic – freely. A throw pillow is just as fair of game for petals as an entire love seat is.

Zig-zags
We have Signor Missoni to thank for making this playful pattern an imperative in any and every wardrobe, room scheme, stationery set, phone case…and the list goes on. A good place to start with zig-zags is the knit throw; the shower curtain comes in at a close second.

Leopard
While leopard had its bad-boy phase (Steven Tyler PJs, Steven Tyler PJs), it’s certainly mellowed since – without sacrificing it delicious edginess, though, thank goodness. Incorporate a little animal instinct into your home just as you would into your accessories: with glee. A woven rug would be a great place to start.

Plaid
Ah, plaid. Outfitting outdoorsmen and carpeting basement floors since, well, a very long time, it’ll forever inspire nostalgia – and what better emotion to feel in the home than just that? Whether by way of flannel or cotton, I say, use plaid liberally.

Spots 
…And here’s your opportunity to stay (oh so cheekily) neutral.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

How do of-the-moment patterns and prints translate into your home? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @ruelala.

Not a Member and like The (Style) Guide? You’ll love Rue La La. Join now.

Pin It

September 25, 2012

Comments

  1. gretchen says:

    That is exactly what we cover every day! Style your home… Style yourself.

    We LOVE this topic – it is all we are about!

  2. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for your comment, Gretchen! And I just took a look at your site and blog; LOVE what you’re doing! :)