Coming up very soon, I will again be teaching classes at our local college. The first class is on color palettes. The last time, I taught this class I had students create a color palette for a room that they were either re-doing or planning to. Starting with a color palette in mind, they first chose a color(s) for their walls, then I had them choose three (no less than three) to five patterns that they could bring into the room to include area rugs, pillows, bedding, furniture and window treatments.
Giving a few guidelines, I encouraged them to be creative in their choices. They were really surprised to see that by mixing different patterns created a more inviting and interesting room.