Don’t feel you have to follow perfect symmetry all of the time – a huge bookcase along an entire wall doesn’t have to mean books all upright in a row like little soldiers, or like a traditional bookshop, library or dad’s study or den.
Be careful using colors that are too dark, or too strong – you should tread carefully with dark browns, dark reds & dark greens – they can overpower a room & make it seem daunting, uncomfortable, unrelaxing & even claustrophobic.
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Shop around – don’t buy all your items from one brand name, manufacturer or store. Hand pick your color paints, fabrics, wallpapers, borders & other trimmings to suit your overall vision & picture of what you want to achieve.
Most importantly, the more your home decorating reflects who you are & the things you love, the longer you will be happy with it for an extended period of time, & the longer it will last. Remember that the more understated & elegant the interior the longer it will stand the test of time & last.