Think about the colours you feel and look good in. You will probably
feel much happier if they feature in most of the rooms in your house
at least to a certain extent.
As a general rule, use warm colours together or cool colours together.
It takes quite an expert to mix the two palettes together.
If it is a small room, maximise the space by picking softer lighter
colours. Use of mirrors and mirror tiles can make your room look
much bigger. White or ivory walls will also create the illusion of
If it is a large room, a border on the wall will bring down a
high ceiling. Some very ornate decorative lighting statements such as
chandeliers can look marvellous and can bring a room together if
there is a lot of space to fill. Warm earth tones or bright primary
colours can be used in a large room, both will fill the room rather
than using pastels.
Be careful with the size of your furniture, big pieces look bulky
in a small room and you will fall over them with alarming regularity.
Small pieces will look ridiculous in a large room. Don't be afraid to
ask showrooms to let you try a piece of furniture for a few days to
see how it looks, it is surprising how many will say 'yes'!
If you are a beginner in furnishing, decide on one form of furniture
and stick with it. For example, if you like rattan, stick with rattan.
If you decide on wood, whether it be dark or pale stick with one type
of wood until you learn what blends together. This should help you
not to make too many expensive mistakes.
Lighting is very important. To create an atmosphere you must have
overhead lighting if you want to read or do paperwork. Wall sconces
or simple wall fittings are great for softer lighting as an
alternative to table lamps. Spotlights are great if you wish to
highlight a feature of your room such as a painting.
It is a nice touch to feature a collection of local artifacts from
the country you are living in, whether it be local coffee pots,
Omani cheese or shells from the beach. This makes a home and a room
very personal and they are great souvenirs to take home and treasure
when you finally leave.
Lastly, don't try to suit others it doesn't matter if they don't like
it, and don't exceed your budget ; there are many good
reasonable ways to make a home in the Gulf.
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