For years the design rule was you either put the pattern on the walls and the furniture wall relatively plain or you used patterns on the furniture and the walls were done plain. Today it seems everything can go plain or pattern. Most designers design eclectically and hold no allegiance to style purity. So anything goes. However there are a few things that haven’t changed.

Lighting is everything:

You must pay close attention to all 3 levels. There is general, task & mood lighting. General lighting is for all over lighting like for cleaning etc. Task is for, just what it is, doing your tasks like in the kitchen, computer, desk. Mood, like dimmers on your switches, lamps or uprights where the intensity is controlled. You can create drama or mood depending on how you feel. Select decorative fixtures specifically to fit with & compliment your design style of choice with 3 way or dimming switches. Consider the exterior:

Connect the interior design & decoration to the architectural style for harmony and somehow connect the interior to the exterior landscape visually.

Maximize the space:

During the space planning phase, focus on the location and ease of access. In a room with virtually no walls for furniture a sectional sofa is a great place to start. It maximizes seating capacity and creates an enclosed area that is easy for guests to enter and exit & not feel out in the open. It also makes for more intimate conversation & interaction as well.

Layer textures when using neutral colours:

Rooms have so much more character and depth when materials of different textures are used in layers. You can also create interest by small injections of color with hue values of the neutrals you’re using. This will give your room a calming effect as well as create more interest.

Complementing with accessories:

Make sure that your selections fit with the style & they personalize and relate to your client. Always choose a few pieces that will stimulate a conversation. And don’t forget interesting books.


Use it as a focal point or to enhance a focal like over a fireplace or commode. If you collections group them tightly but again, make it a focal point. My rule of thumb is generally hang the painting with the perspective vanishing point at eye level while standing. When seen from a distance use large pieces and the reverse in places like hallways where you are up close.


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