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Splash your rooms with colour and patterns

(NC) Are you all about neutrals when it comes to home décor? Style icon and award-winning fashion designer, Isaac Mizrahi, encourages home owners to get inspired by their surroundings.

“Let the blooming flowers of spring inspire you to incorporate pattern and colour into your home,” he suggests. “Don't be afraid to take a risk, you might love the result. For example, I love mixing prints, my den is a mixture of floral and stripes.”

The best way to introduce colour and pattern is to start small. Check out these simple and stylish ways to dress up any home:

Start from the ground up – A colourfully patterned rug instantly brightens any room. Work from that rug, whether complementing or contrasting it, for a balanced and complete look.

Keep it comfy – Both functional and stylish, throw pillows add a fun splash of colour to a room.

Stay artsy – A colourful painting can transform any room. Hang it above a fireplace, sofa, credenza/sideboard, or a bed to help create a focal point in a room.

Accessorize, accessorize – Accent pieces finish the look of a room. “Add flowers, candles and even a Kleenex tissue box as a finishing touch,” says Isaac. His contribution to the brand can be seen at

Love it before you buy it – Above all, choose things you love. “If you don't love it, don't buy it,” says Isaac. “The best rule of thumb is to surround yourself with things that make you happy in your home.”

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