This DIY Home Mixes Patterns Like a Pro

Straying away from anything close to boring, blogger Julia of Cuckoo4Design keeps a creative and happy atmosphere throughout her home. Her fearless approach to pattern and one-of-a-kind DIY decor make a serious style statement.

Striped Just Right

A neutral color scheme gives this living room a larger-than-life feel. It also allows for a mix of bold patterns and exotic colors. A gray-striped drapery, made with the help of painters tape and small foam rollers, combines the monochromatic color scheme and bold patterns seen throughout. A round mirror above the sofa gets a DIY update from a vintage metal wall sculpture.

Pretty Palette

A pop a color in a quirky pattern adds pizzazz to a neutral living room. Vibrant throw pillows, like these bold designs, are an easy way to update a neutral room as your style evolves.

Dine In

Traditional and modern styles blend in this DIY dining room. Classic crown molding and straw dining chairs balance bold wall art and a funky chandelier from Germany. Muted marbled curtains made with six colors of latex paint, fabric medium, marker, and water provide a pretty pastel window treatment.

Bling, Bling

Mixing modern chrome with traditional crystals creates a simplistic elegance in the dining room. The light fixture's linear shape provides a contemporary twist on a classic design.

Everyday Artist

Combining stretched canvas art and framed images make for a fun gallery wall in any space. White frames prevent the mixed media from appearing too busy. Here, the homeowner used the Waterlogue app to make watercolorlike images of her daughter.

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Stay Cozy

Large mantel decorations and neutral furniture that surrounds a fireplace make a focal point in the sitting room. A large painted canvas offers a dash of color and pops against surrounding patterns, including polka-dot pillows, striped curtains, and an ikat ottoman.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Pairing refurbished decor with modern pieces gives this mantel a put-together look. Update refurbished pieces with a fresh coat of spray paint for a contemporary look. Julia's tip: Clean and degrease before painting, especially if you can't sand it.

On the Same Wavelength

Pack a punch with bright wall art. This large DIY canvas, inspired by the pixelated pattern of sound waves, stands out against neutral walls and injects a bold splash of color. Side table lamps continue the linear pattern.

Pull Up a Stool

A consistent use of color keeps this kitchen flowing. Matching turquoise on the accent wall, pendant light, and and barstool trim brings the entire room together.

Bright Idea

To contrast a room's main color, use pattern in a small place. Black polka dots emphasize this DIY cornice, made from medium-desnitry fiberboard (MDF) and stretched IKEA fabric. Next to the kitchen's white cabinets and teal light fixture, the window treatment draws attention to the sunny sink area.

Let's Polka (Dots)

Dress up drabby old dishcloths or napkins by painting them with a fun pattern. Use fabric paint and a heat seal to create trendy new pieces with minimal fuss. A dotted brushstroke made with a small, flat, hard-bristle brush updates these basic kitchen linens.

Dish It Up

Cute dessert plates make for a fun gallery wall and keep with the theme of this quirky kitchen. Can't find any plates you like? Purchase stickers of your favorite images or designs and stick them to plain white dessert plates.

Modern Antique

Keep furnishings simple when outfitting a patterned room. The beautiful woodwork on this antique desk holds its own in this modern home office. An acrylic ghost chair lets a fun cross-pattern wall treatment take center stage.

Tick Tock

You can revamp any traditional piece to make it fit with your modern decor with a simple coat of paint. Take this cuckoo clock, for example, which the homeowner took apart before painting it white to match the rest of the room's decor.

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Plus One

Keep the classics, but add a twist. Traditional black and white can be transformed into a modern look with a fun new pattern, like the cross shapes in this room. Made out of wall-grade vinyl, the crosses require just a level and pencil.

Starry Night

Repurpose knickknacks for style with function. This light fixture was originally a candleholder. The homeowner put her own spin on it with a metallic finishing wax and paint thinner brushed on for a smooth, shiny finish. A pendant light converter kit made the fixture functional.

Go for the Gold

Who says you can only mix two patterns? In this powder room, polka dots join a striped wall treatment and mirror with a Greek key frame. Touches of gold and turquoise balance the amount of white. A shimmering gold accent was added to the mirror with a water-base Sharpie marker.

Crystal Clear

Not everything has to be used for its original purpose. This light fixture is made up of three $1 Christmas ornaments that the homeowner transformed into a stylish focal point using decorative bathtub spout rings. 

Make It Your Own

Give outdated furniture a fresh look with new upholstery. This settee's upholstery was redone to match the modern decor of the master bedroom. The seating provides another surface to promote patterns, including Greek key, florals, and retro waves. 

Take a Break

Update furniture in the simplest way: new hardware. Modern gold rings were placed on this dresser to give it a refreshed look. DIY canvas art leans against the wall for a final pop of pattern. 

All That Glitters

This child's room combines the lighthearted nature of a kid while keeping the modern look of the entire home. The plush headboard, made from MDF and upholstered with drapes and foam, gets a glam finish from individual brass upholstery nails.

Perfect Pastels

These pastel throw pillows set the color scheme for the bedroom. The harlequin-print fabric incorporates both the turquoise velvet of the headboard and the pink of the bedding to bring the room together.

Gallery Style

Create a wire-style gallery with a curtain wire system and metal clips to add variety to children's walls. It makes it easy to swap pieces out for new ones whenever the mood strikes. 

Finding Gold

A quirky chandelier adds a special touch to the children's bedroom. This homeowner made it her own by spray-painting it gold to match the room's other decor.

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