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INTERIOR DECOR TIPS

Pile on the Pillows:

One pair of pillows always looks skimpy. Use two pairs, in contrasting patterns, colours, and textures.

Place the largest pieces first:

In furniture arrangement of any room, the major piece for the primary activity of the room must be considered first - the sofa in the living room, the bed in the bedroom, the desk in the office. This piece in most cases should face the focal point of the room.

The focal point can be a view window, fireplace or, as is often the case, the television. Large pieces should be evenly distributed so as not to put the arrangement of the room off balance. Leave space around them for the best affect.

Next place those pieces relating to the main piece:

The room arrangement must make your activity comfortable and convenient as well as flatter your furniture. Think about the use of the room as you arrange the furniture. If you typically eat or drink there, is there a place to set your cup or plate down?

Is there enough storage for books or CDs? If the room is used for socializing, is there enough seating and is it appropriately arranged? Wherever possible keep pieces of similar scale together.

Pick an accent colour:

Whenever decorating a room, choose one accent colour that contrasts with the base colour. For instance, if brown is the predominant colour in your bedroom – i.e. the furniture, the bed cover and chair are in beige and chocolate brown, choose an accent colour like orange or turquoise to bring the place to life. Use the accent colour in cushions, window blinds, a vase, the wall paper or even a rug. Don't use the accent colour in more than three elements.

Less is more:

Keep it simple. You don't want to overcrowd your space. If you edit the items in each room, the area will appear to be cleaner and even bigger. Just remember, you can always add more!

Add accent pieces for secondary activities:

Furniture arrangement for a secondary use adds function to a room. A reading corner in a bedroom or a game area in a family room can be created with a minimum of space. A long empty wall can be made into a focal point by grouping pictures over a long narrow table.

Practicality of modern interior design:

Be practical when coming up with interior design ideas. Don't buy something just because it's fashionable. Find out about its maintenance time and cost needed. Buy it only if you have domestic help to maintain it or don't mind shelling out the extra bucks for its upkeep.

Light colours expand, dark colours contract:

Light colours always make a space look larger and more airy, while dark colours make a space look smaller. When doing your interiors design, keep this in mind. If you have a tiny apartment but want to make it look larger, choose upholstery that is light coloured wherever possible. Also make sure you choose light-coloured wall paint like beige, ivory or white.

Don't ignore the doors and windows:

People often don't think much about the doors and windows. However, these have a huge impact on the façade as well as the interior design. Moreover, these are responsible for light, air and security. For the most practical option, choose UPVC windows that are water-proof, termite-proof, dust-proof, sound-proof and secure. Use French Windows or bay windows where you want a lovely view.

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