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A life in print; Patterns are back in fashion, but there's a right and a wrong way to use them. WM interiors editor Rin Simpson shares her top tips for getting the 2011 look.

Supersize your florals Just as ditsy prints gave way to large painterly floral pictures in the fashion world, interior designers are now using flowers as statement pieces rather than blending them into the background.

Charlottenberg floral linen from to pounds 100, Guild, 893 7400, designers com Whether you want to really make an impact with a full wall mural or choose some of the truly stunning bedding that's available at the moment, this season really is the time to have fun with florals.

Think 3D A combination of pattern and texture can be a great way to add interest to a room, particularly if you're keeping things neutral on the colour front. From subtle applique to laser cut textiles and even futuristic raised pattern wallpaper, there are lots of ways to bring patterns 'out of the page' and make them stand out for a modern take on the trend.

Tick the trend box Geometrics are big news for SS11, but they've lost their hard edges and taken on a more muted colourway, making them easier to integrate and less likely to make your home look like a shrine to modernism.

The secret is to use them within a wider scheme that includes a touch of old fashioned elegance, to further soften the look.

Padgett wallpaper in Delft by Designers Guild pounds 45 per roll, Wallpaper Direct, 01323 430886, www.wallpaperdirect.co.uk Mix it up Spots, stripes, florals - there's no reason to keep them apart these days. In fact, with the resurgence of the home-spun vintage vibe, it's de rigueur to be as eclectic as possible. The so-called 'matchy matchy' look is as out as you can get, so avoid getting your curtains, sofa and cushions all made from the same fabric, and instead choose ones that blend on a general colour theme.

Eclectic chair cushions pounds 19.99 each, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, www.tch.net Know your designers If you like your labels, there are a few names worth remembering, like Orla Kiely and Emma Bridgewater, both of whom have got simple, understated patterning down to a tee, or for patterning that shouts a little bit louder you can't beat the one and only Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen. Other lesser known designers to take note of are Julia Rothman for fairytale other-worldliness, Trine Anderson for Scandinavian modern retro, and Nina Jarema for bang on trend folk inspired prints.

Embrace the every day Traditional prints like stripes, spots and florals are still popular choices, but increasingly designers are looking outside of those areas and taking their inspiration from the world around them, integrating everything from skyscrapers to bugs into their pattern designs - a guaranteed way to bring your look right up to date. Egg & Feather jug pounds 19.95, Emma Bridgewater, 0844 243 9266, www.emmabridgewater.co.uk Go beyond textiles Newcomers to patterns tend to start with cushions and graduate to wallpaper and other textiles, but there are some stunning patterned pieces of furniture around at the moment too, which can make an eye catching statement piece. If you're afraid it will be too busy, stick to subdued colours or even monochrome, which will help tame the look.

Mother of pearl inlay bedside cabinet pounds 450, Niki Jones, 0141 9594090, www.niki-jones.co.uk Have an art attack Possibly the easiest way to add a touch of pattern to your life is via your walls, and I don't mean wallpaper (although framing bits of wallpaper makes a good alternative to covering the whole wall!). The art revolution continues unchecked, with loads of choice around to suit every pocket thanks to digital printing, and many pattern based images available.

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