Patterns can serve as terrific neutrals in a room. Wait, “What?,” you say. “But I thought neutrals had to be white or beige or gray?” No, no, no, say the Madcaps! When you go big and bold with a pattern, it can actually ground a room and create a “neutral” template upon which you can layer. Says John, “The eye reads the overall pattern as a blank canvas.” We especially love using florals and stripes as the base element in a room and then add various patterns upon this works-with-anything “foundation.” Here, for instance, the Opium Den at the House of Bedlam papered in the Madcap Cottage for York Wallcoverings Cabanarama wallpaper. Note how the two-toned green stripes set a bold tone and yet create the perfect grounding to add a vintage floral-upholstered daybed and antique floral rug. If the room had been white, this ebullient pattern mix would not have worked. The same would have worked had we wallpapered the walls in a big, all-over floral pattern.