A question of style
Our interior design expert looks at three common issues raised by homeowners
“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.