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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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September 25, 2012