How do you choose decor that matches the rug, the furniture and the lighting? The first suggestion is to look for elements from the same manufacturer. Furnishings are usually produced in seasonal ranges with strong designer input. For example, you can check the online campaigns that we have to introduce new products. The campaigns are selected by theme, material, style or some other uniting design factor.
The modern chinoiserie patterns and colours of the mirror, lantern and stool above, are good examples of harmonious design style.
To include more balance in the room, pick up one of the colours and add smaller decor elements to match. In this instance, the less dominant turquoise colour would be perfect for a ceramic Buddha figurine like that on the left that also has an oriental theme or wall art like the prints on the right.
The glaze of the figurine and the delicacy of the prints also add textural balance juxtaposed with the fabrics and rustic metal finish above. Colourful furnishings usually look best against a solid wall hue like pear, yellow or a neutral tone.
Every colour has a psychological value and a particular association for each individual. Colour is a powerful decorating tool that can change the perceived shape and size of furnishings and the actual room itself.
A good tip is to start by choosing the furniture, rug and other elements that aren’t available in as many colours as the wall paint. Think about the primary function of the room. Colours can be described as active, passive or neutral. Light colours can make a room seem larger and brighter while dark colours can create more intimacy.
It is very much a choice for the individual but here are some general colour associations:
RED – dramatic
YELLOW – cheerful
ORANGE – energetic
BLUE – calm
GREEN – fresh, restful
PURPLE – rich
BROWN – comfort
PINK – romantic
Warm tones – red, yellow, orange, brown and beige – can look great in the living room and entrance hall.
Cool tones – blue, purple and green – can be a perfect choice for the bedroom and bathroom.
Accents in black, grey, cream or white highlight your stronger colour choices.
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