A ques­tion of style

Our in­te­rior de­sign ex­pert looks at three com­mon is­sues raised by home­own­ers

EDP Norfolk - - Norfolk By Design -

“Be­fore em­bark­ing on any dec­o­ra­tive or con­struc­tion work on a prop­erty do some re­search”

can feel un­com­fort­able un­less there is good rea­son, such as for a dark cinema room.

Putting to­gether boards for each room with im­ages of the style that you like, colour swatches and sam­ples will give you a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how the rooms will flow. You can also place the board in the room and see how the colours look both dur­ing day­light and un­der ar­ti­fi­cial light (if you are chang­ing the light fit­tings con­sider how the new light may vary in colour).

How can I in­cor­po­rate my ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture and or­na­ments into my new home?

It is very rare to be in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion to start with a com­pletely blank can­vas. Think about what is stay­ing and why.

There are dif­fer­ent rea­sons why some things stay and this can af­fect where they are placed – If it’s some­thing that you love this could be­come the fo­cus of the scheme, if it is an heir­loom then there may be a sen­ti­men­tal story that will in­flu­ence the pieces that the item sits close to. An­other rea­son is of­ten that it was in­vest­ment piece that is not re­ally now to your taste but was too ex­pen­sive to war­rant re­plac­ing; this is prob­a­bly the most com­mon an­swer and the one that causes the most prob­lems.

The key is to try and blend the item into the room with more no­tice­able pieces that you love be­ing the fo­cal points or if pos­si­ble move the item to a sec­ondary room.

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