BRIGHTEN UP YOUR WORLD

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When it comes to dec­o­rat­ing, prob­a­bly the one thing peo­ple stress about more than any­thing else is choos­ing colours. That’s be­cause colour is com­plex. It can ma­nip­u­late a space, cre­ate a cer­tain mood, be calm­ing, frus­trat­ing or make you happy.

One of the most im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber about colour is that warm colours ad­vance (they feel like they are com­ing to­wards you) and cool colours re­cede (they move way from you). Re­mem­ber this and you can eas­ily change your in­te­rior with­out do­ing mas­sive ren­o­va­tions.

A cool colour scheme helps walls dis­ap­pear and makes the space feel larger, so cool colours are great for small rooms. Of all the colours, white re­flects the most light, so mix that in with your cool colours to give the small­est room in the house the big­gest chance of ap­pear­ing larger. When it comes to in­te­ri­ors, hav­ing the lux­ury of a lot of space is not al­ways a good thing. Large rooms can feel im­per­sonal, es­pe­cially open-plan liv­ing spa­ces that typ­i­cally com­bine three spa­ces into one.

As warm colours ad­vance they can help large spa­ces feel cosier, so by paint­ing all the walls a warmer colour the open-plan space will feel more in­ti­mate and the separate rooms come to­gether more as one.

Re­mem­ber that light re­ally im­pacts on colour. You can al­ter the strength of warm and cool colours by the colour of your light­ing. A cool in­te­rior with re­flec­tive sur­faces and cool light­ing could re­sult in a clin­i­cal or stark feel. Chang­ing light globes to a warm white can warm up the space. On the other hand, if you love warm, rich colours but live in a hot cli­mate, putting cool light globes in brings down the in­ten­sity of the heat in the colour.

Light can also re­ally change the mood of a room. Ta­ble and floor lamps are great as they help you dim the light to make a room cosier at night or they can brighten up a room that doesn’t re­ceive much sunlight. WOR DS : T R AC E Y HO R D E R N The Scan­di­na­vians have a say­ing when it comes to buy­ing fur­ni­ture and fur­nish­ings for their homes – buy once, buy well.

While in­te­rior trends come and go, there are some es­sen­tials for any home that are worth in­vest­ing in – both for peren­nial style and prac­ti­cal­ity.

The num­ber one house­hold item re­quired for health and well-be­ing is a re­ally good bed. Given that most of us spend about a third of our lives in our beds, that starts with buy­ing a qual­ity mat­tress and bed base. A beau­ti­ful bed, with a qual­ity mat­tress and bed linen will pro­vide you with the best start and fin­ish to your days.

Sec­ondly, a re­ally beau­ti­ful sofa is in­dis­pens­able for both style and com­fort at home. Buy well and your sofa should last 10-20 years, de­pend­ing on us­age and whether you have chil­dren and pets. If you do share your home with ei­ther of these, I sug­gest choos­ing a sofa in a dark coloured, hard-working fab­ric such as linen.

The third big-ticket item for most house­holds would be a din­ing room set. I would sug­gest with this pur­chase, to be es­pe­cially wary of slav­ishly fol­low­ing trends. A high qual­ity din­ing ta­ble will grow old with you, in fact, it could pos­si­bly out­live you – so you don’t want to be stuck with a style that screams 2018. For longevity, choose a well-crafted ta­ble, prefer­ably made of hard­wood.

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