Decorating Do’s & Don’ts


Every home has its own character. If you want to re-explore the character of your home and want to re-decorate it with sensitivity and confidence, you need to make sure that you are on the right track. If you want to enhance your decor, you need to ascertain that your decor style is the full expression of your own taste and personality for the maximum impact.

Choosing the right colours is very important; getting it wrong can be a costly mistake. Similarly, choosing a style is important too; getting that wrong will create a haphazard look that looks uncoordinated. Fortunately there is some science to what will and won’t work when it comes to redecorating, giving attention to colour and style.

Decorating Do’s To Follow:

  • If you want to make structural changes e.g. rewiring, re-flooring or building shelves etc, do them before you start to decorate.
  • If you want to redecorate a particular space, think of its functionality and pay attention to the architectural details. Keep in mind how often the room is used, what time of the day it is used most and how many people will use it at most.  Also keep in mind the amount of time you can commit to maintaining it.
  • Choose three main colours such as three shades of blue or a harmonious combination of blue and green. You may select a signature colour, but be aware that the colours of one room will affect those around it.
  • Try and decorate 70% of the room in your first colour choice. This can include the flooring and walls treatments, or could be the colour inspiration for the upholstered furniture pieces. Use 20% of the second colour in the room by including furniture accents like cushions and pillows, or rugs and curtains etc. Lastly, keep and 10% for the third colour by including it in accessories like artwork, decor pieces and any other accents.
  • To bring in an element of interest, experiment with prints and textures. A small room fares well with a single colour theme, where different pieces are tied together through texture and print. In a larger room, contrasting prints and textures can bring in a touch of style.
  • If you want to pair together furniture pieces of different styles/designs into a coordinated look, fabrics patterns and textures will do the job. Pair two chairs with a different design and use the same upholstery fabrics, which will match to the colour palette of the couches and pouffes in the room, and create a coordinated look.
  • In smaller rooms, it makes sense to bring the outdoor spaces inwards. For that, make sure that a balcony connected to the bedroom or a small patio outside the living room is finished in the same colour tones and style features as the main room, to carry the design elements outwards and create a single, unified, well coordinated space that is visually connected.


Decorating Don’ts To Avoid:

×        Never ever make guesses. Always measure everything carefully, compare between colours and textures and think of the impact based on your lighting and settings before you purchase.

×        Never choose a piece that is impractical, only because it is beautiful. A white rug can set off your grey couches to perfection today, but if you cannot maintain the pristine white of the rug, soon it will take away from the overall beauty of the whole room.

×        Never ignore details – be it in furniture accents or upholstery choices. The smaller details like a floral pattern for an oversized cushion in a simplistic modern room can clash with the theme, even if the colour palette and size are right.

×        Don’t mix and match colours before you have compared them as samples. Also, do not stick to just one tint of a single colour because it will not only look boring but also repetitive and monotonous. Use a lighter or darker shade of the same colour, a contrast or a harmonious neighbouring colour with your original colour choice and bring it into the decor through accents and accessories.

×        Don’t use more than three colours in your colour scheme; otherwise the result will appear messy and confused. Also, don’t use equal amounts of different colours in your scheme as it can overthrow the balance. You need to stick to the thumb rule percentage of 70/20/10 or the final effect will be overwhelmingly confusing rather than blissfully coordinated.

×        Don’t paint over valuable wooden furniture. Sell the piece and buy cheaper wood if you want to use paint. Before that check how the colours you want will sit together on a colour wheel.

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