Make sure that you plan your colors in overview so that they blend, flow & move with ease through your home. Your aim is to develop an overall blueprint, an impression of what you want to achieve, & to have your rooms complement each other.
Display your collectibles in clusters or groupings to create a theme. Think big & display them en masse & make a grand statement. A fireplace & mantel is a perfect place to display your family photos, collectibles, ornaments, a tall vase with willow or dramatic fresh flowers, or holiday decorations. (text link to Christmas decorating).
Extraodinary shelves design ideas: – triangle and hexagon shaped shelves – recycled shelves made from old chairs – floating shelves – creative corner shelves …
Here are some guideline pointers – decide which you feel most comfortable following. If you’re just starting out, you may want to work with just one paint color on the walls throughout your home. You can always build on that later. Better to take it gradually, than to feel that you’ve overstepped the mark & don’t like it, can’t live with it, & have to redo it.