Express your color personality with lively combinations that suit both your decorating mood and your style. For a quick start, begin with a focal-point fabric that has all the colors you plan to use. Then add at least two more patterns in varying scales. For harmony, repeat at least one of the colors from your focal-point fabric in the supporting fabrics or wall covering. Or, for a more subtle mix, consider smaller scale fabrics that blend without repeating colors as the more formal example illustrates. The idea is for the shades and patterns to gently complement each other, without a dominant fabric. (Colors of the same brightness are easiest to mix.) opposite: With blue and red as the repeating colors, stripes mix pleasantly with a floral cotton and a two-color quilt Employ accents, such as the checkerboard, to introduce another pattern and texture. For more pattern, add a blue-and-white plaid or red-white-and-blue plaid fabric. DINING NOOK IDEAS right: Subtle mixes of pattern give interest without vivid color or large scale. Use the walls, here pale yellow-and-white painted stripes, to introduce pattern. When colors are as subdued as these, they are considered neutral and don’t have to be repeated. Notice repetition of gold in the Greek key border and the gilded details on the painted chair. The seat fabric is a fleur-de-lis, used as a repeating geometric pattern.