One of my biggest fears in my decorating life is of mixing patterns. It is also a goal of mine. I've mixed patterns minimally in my bedroom and living room, but I am always envious of interior designers who can mix a broad scale pattern rug with a busy botanical wallpaper, a wide stripe throw pillow, and maybe an embroidered chair — and pull it off flawlessly. I honestly don't know where to begin. How far is too far? How many different patterns and colorways can you get away with in one room? I guess the answers to these questions often come with a design degree.