plan a scheme from scratch

It’s time to be brave – bring a blank can­vas to life with our top styling tips

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Aroom with no pre­de­ter­mined start­ing point can feel daunt­ing to dec­o­rate. But be­fore you give up due to in­de­ci­sion or make any hasty fur­ni­ture pur­chases you may live to re­gret, put in the ground­work to en­sure your new look is a suc­cess.

Suss out your style

Browse some in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines or set up an on­line mood board on a web­site such as Pin­ter­est. Spend a few hours tear­ing out (or ‘pin­ning’) images that draw your eye, mak­ing notes on what you par­tic­u­larly like about that image as you go. Con­tinue un­til you’ve built up a col­lec­tion of vi­su­als, then an­a­lyse them as a whole. Chances are you’ll no­tice com­mon themes emerg­ing, be it a colour pal­ette or a dec­o­ra­tive style. once you’ve honed this down, start to think about how you can trans­late this so it works within your par­tic­u­lar room.

Work up the scheme

Make a list of ev­ery­thing you want and need for the room, from fur­ni­ture and fit­tings to art­work and dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents, then check if this seems re­al­is­tic against your proposed bud­get. next, sketch out a rough floor plan to de­ter­mine where the main pieces could go and to help en­vis­age the space and en­sure you can ac­com­mo­date what’s on your wish list.

once you’ve be­gun sourc­ing your key pieces of fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories, al­low these to grad­u­ally form the start­ing point for your colour scheme and the pat­terns you’ll use to dec­o­rate. if you’ve cho­sen any bold or heav­ily-pat­terned prints for your room, such as a de­tailed flo­ral wall­pa­per or an in­tri­cate chevron sofa, pick out a few tones from this de­sign to bring through into ac­cents such as cush­ions, lamps, mir­rors and wall art. This will help tie the whole look to­gether. and re­mem­ber, paint comes in an ar­ray of colours, so it’s much easier to match this with an or­nate floor tile you love than to find a tile to match your paint.

com­bine just two or three colours to avoid your scheme looking too hec­tic. Blue­bell 2.5-seat sofa in taupe, £1,340,

hep­burn bed, £999; Ge­orge ot­toman, £699; hi­roto du­vet cover, £70, all house of Fraser

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