1. Each pattern should have a colourway that works with the other elements in the room. 3. 2. Just make sure they relate to the space. If you’re looking to make a bold statement, there’s an easier way to do it than mixing patterns. In this living room, choosing the patterned rug first would be a good starting point. To be sure you get the right mix, start with the largest element in the space and choose your first fabric pattern there. Experiment with scale. Don’t be afraid to mix styles. In this example, the tones and styles all have a 1920s English vibe, giving the room an aura of grandeur.