I like the idea of using a less expected shape for a pop of busier or brighter or different fabric, like this large one seen here.
Isn't it kind of fun to have that long line? Another one seen via CKM Interiors.
And it can really bring in a fun snazzy pop of color, like this one, via Daily Tarte.
Or it could tie the whole room together in one long swath, like in this room by Caitlin Creer, seen here.
So I spent the night searching for a fabric that would tie my crazy living room together, somehow bringing harmony to my green ikat and seafoam chevron pillows and zebra rug (which I'm kind of over, by the way). I think I found a couple candidates, so I'm excited to order some fabric and go to town.