You will find there are shades you are drawn to when you an­a­lyse your choices in life

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the dark cor­ners ver­sus the brighter spots – you’ll be amazed at the dif­fer­ence.

As for peace­ful hues – this can be sub­jec­tive. I think bed­rooms can work in bold hues as much as they can in softer ones. For ex­am­ple, a rich navy bed­room can feel won­der­fully com­fort­ing. If you are wor­ried about go­ing all out with a darker, bolder colour in the bed­room, try paint­ing two thirds of the way up the wall, keep­ing the ceil­ing and fi­nal third white.

Q AIs it true you should buy a rug as the first item in a room and take your colour choices from there? Not nec­es­sar­ily. It could be a piece of art, a cush­ion, a vase – any­thing, re­ally. But it’s great to have a piece you love as the start­ing point and build out from there. Hav­ing a ref­er­ence point for colour, pat­tern, tex­ture and so on helps when you are choos­ing other pieces for the space.

QWhat’s your opin­ion on rec­on­cil­ing style pref­er­ences? I love clean, neu­tral, min­i­mal­ist spa­ces, but I also love more bo­hemian, eclec­tic and (wildly) colour­ful spa­ces. How does one sat­isfy each of one’s vary­ing tastes?

AI suf­fer from this. As a lover of de­sign, I am al­ways see­ing new spa­ces and pieces that I love. The way I work through this is to in­vest in pieces that I con­sis­tently love (clean Scan­di­na­vian de­sign) and then marry those pieces with more tran­si­tional items. So some­times my spa­ces might be Scandi-modern, some­times they are Scandi-coastal, some­times they are Scandi-in­dus­trial. By keep­ing one red thread that flows through­out all your spa­ces means there’s some level of con­sis­tency to your style and home. My ad­vice would be to pick your favourite style and then use that as a base to fuse with other styles as your taste and mood takes you. – Jura Koncius

Try to keep a theme go­ing when you dec­o­rate. PIC­TURE: STE­FEN TAN

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