The Right Furnishing For Your Home
Here's how to choose furnishings and select paints that
will blend well and complement each other
useful storage pieces such as a chest of drawers that can
be re-used. Moreover, choose furniture and accessories on
the small side, so they will fit into most spaces as you
move them around in your home.
Choose two small and comfortable chairs rather than one
huge sofa. They can be used together or separately in the
living room. Cover upholstered furniture in a sturdy fabric
of a pleasing natural colour (tan, camel, dark green, navy,
black, etc.). Make this your anchor colour. Collect pillows,
fabrics, and accessories that blend well with your anchor
Use slipcovers to change the look of sofas and chairs
Make your own side tables (round or rectangular) of plywood,
then cover with an under cloth of felt (for softness) and
a tablecloth of co-ordinating fabric. Use these in a living
Purchase some items in pairs (such as lamps, vases, side
chairs) to add symmetry and continuity, while still allowing
for versatility by using each element in different rooms
Think of different ways to use things (a dresser that holds
Experiment! Experiment!! Experiment!!! (Can this piece be
used in other rooms and places?)
Use your colour scheme as a unifying element
If a picture has been hanging alone, then add it to a wall
grouping the next time you move or rearrange.
on choosing a paint
Decide the paint colour, keeping the colour of the rugs,
wallpaper, and fabrics in mind. Take all of your swatches
(carpet, tile, wallpaper, fabrics, trims, etc.) with you
when you shop, and refer to them constantly.
When you look at a strip of paint chips, be sure to notice
if the overall colour is what you want.
In general, the background colour of your fabric (or a lighter
version of it) is a logical choice for the walls. Trim colours
are often white or off-white.
Notice that there are "warm" and "cool"
tones of individual colours. Reds and pinks are considered
"warm" colours, however many reds and pinks have
a warmer, peachy tone, while others have a cool, bluer undertone.
Beiges and off-whites also have subtle colour in them. Compare
paint colours to your fabrics and flooring before you make
your final choice.