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10 Times Homeowners Power Clashed Like Pros

by Grace Bonney

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One of my favorite 30 Rock moments of all time is when Jack Donaghy meets his future self who has mastered “power clashing” with his patterned ties and shirts. I think about power clashing a lot and how deeply I envy people who have mastered it. Lena Corwin was one of the first people I knew who could effortlessly mix patterns of different styles, colors and sizes and I am still trying to master that skill (unsuccessfully) to this day. While the general rules hold true (be sure to mix pattern sizes, like-colored patterns work together), I find true power clashing tends to be a skill people either have or don’t. Since I fall into the latter category, today I’m celebrating 10 amazing rooms from DS home tours that celebrate pattern clashing in a big way. My hat is off to these masters of artful clashing. xo, grace

Image above from David and Rumaan’s Brooklyn home tour

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Suzanna and Mick’s children’s room mixes patterns in the form of bedding and a rug that share a common blue accent color. 

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Emily’s Edinburgh home is full of so many amazing power-clashing moments. 

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Jeremy and Ali’s home is full of bold textiles that share accent colors and add a big punch of color to each room. 

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Nadia and Mark’s plaid wallpaper and Moroccan rug work together because of their similar grey, black and cream color palette. 

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Jonathan Adler’s creative director Benjamin works a variety of blue and black-toned prints together in the bedroom. 

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Shawn and Jamie’s home contrasts a bold blue and white wallpaper with two beautiful rugs in shades of blue. 

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Christina’s living room proves that pillows with different patterns can work together when the color palette is kept neutral with only a few pops of color. 

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Carley and Jonathan’s family room is boho power clashing at its finest.

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Joey and Mark prove that vintage shop owners know a thing or two about combining patterns. 

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Comments

  • Love these examples! The rugs in the kitchen are perfect. I need to do that. I’m so afraid of pattern precisely because I fear clashing in a bad way, but maybe I shouldn’t be so afraid. These look amazing!

  • I would agree that I do not have the ability to pull this type of look off, in my mind it just looks too cluttered when I do it. Although, I have discovered that mixing of home decor styles gives a similar feel but it is a lot easier to pull off.

  • Excellent examples of mixing patterns tastefully. What fun it was to look through all of these and realize I am doing pretty good.

    Great learning experience, this article is.

  • I think a lot of these utilize solid base furniture that minimize clashing which is a really great way to start out if you’re a little hesitant. I also don’t think creating a power clashing home is instantaneous either (unless you hire a decorator) but rather takes time and rearranging which build confidence to create more clash-combos.

  • Oh , these are fantastic. I think I can identify in each photo why it “works” — that is, it’s not completely random. There are pattern themes, color themes, etc. In my mind I imagine myself as a chic minimalist, but in reality this is much more my style. Thanks!

  • David and Rumaan’s home is a master class in mixing pattern. I don’t know how it all works, but it does and it’s so happy and beautiful! I can’t seem to move beyond stripes :/ Some day I will go nuts and introduce a floral!

  • I have been trying to master this for my entire adult life! While I am definitely getting better at is, I definitely have power clashing envy with these rooms. They are way above my skill level and everything I adore. I also have to tread carefully around a husband to thinks rooms like the first one shown here are way too busy. I personally love it! One thing I have learned over the years with regards to mixing patterns is when you really love something, there is always a way to make it work!

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