Clever tips For WALLS, Floors AND Fur­ni­ture

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Whether it’s on-trend over­scaled flo­rals, ex­otic an­i­mals and birds, or bold stripes and geo­met­rics, you can find just about any colour­ful pat­tern to adorn your home. Seek ad­vice from the ex­perts, such as an in­te­rior de­signer or colour con­sul­tant, or sim­ply trust your in­stincts and ex­per­i­ment with scale and colour.

Take it slow

For the in­ex­pe­ri­enced dec­o­ra­tor, it can be in­tim­i­dat­ing to choose from the vast ar­ray of wall­pa­pers, paints and fab­rics avail­able to­day. Start with a sim­ple pat­terned cush­ion, or a rug with a neu­tral back­ground, to make it eas­ier to co-or­di­nate with the rest of your home. Live with the pat­tern for a while, then, if you like it, add more pieces in the same colour or a sim­i­lar style. Build up your decor – and your con­fi­dence – grad­u­ally, and as you grow bolder, work more colour into the mix. Think out­side the box: try paint­ing door edges

bold neon or win­dow frames black or shiny metal­lic, to pro­vide a neat con­trast and edge to brighter pat­terns.

Be ad­ven­tur­ous

Don’t fol­low trends too rigidly. In­stead, con­sciously choose what ap­peals to you and trust your in­stincts. The trick is to main­tain a co­he­sive look, so play with a pal­ette of no more than three or four colours to cre­ate a har­mo­nious scheme. Clever lay­er­ing will give you your own sig­na­ture style and stamp per­son­al­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity through­out your home. A pro­fes­sional in­te­rior de­signer is one way to achieve the look you are aim­ing for, us­ing mood boards and sam­ples to guide your de­ci­sions. Other­wise, browse trends on Pin­ter­est and re­fer to in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines. And don’t for­get tex­ture, which is a great way to add subtle in­di­vid­u­al­ity and un­ex­pected sen­sory plea­sure to your home. Weav­ing, tuft­ing, sisal, vel­vet, Vene­tian plas­ter and bare brick will all pro­vide depth and in­ter­est.

De­sign ad­vice for ev­ery room

Evoke seren­ity and calm with a muted mu­ral

Add drama with match­ing wall pan­els and fur­nish­ings

Be bold with pat­terned wall­pa­per in small spa­ces

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