Firstly you need to choose the colour palette you want to work with. Calming colours are always a good choice such as pastels and neutrals. Choosing these colours will also make it easy to match furniture and other elements together in the room. Remember simple is always best.
Arranging your furniture. Arranging your furniture can be difficult but it doesn't have to be if you follow these simple rules: Firstly never block a window or doorway and make sure all pathways around the room are clear. Secondly put your side table or coffee table near the seating area. Thirdly within a conversational area make sure that the seats are no more than three to four feet apart.
It can actually be extremely beneficial to vary texture even when using natural woods and more traditional styles in your interior decor. Many can worry about matching too many natural materials and patterns making a space look old-fashioned and uncoordinated.
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Less is more. The most important rule to remember when decorating any room is don't clutter. Less really is more. Choose simple pieces and keep the extras to a minimal. What decorations you do use don't over do it but rather select a few quality items.
If you are working with a large space and want to create different areas segment the room by using lounges and other large pieces of furniture as subtle divers.
Instead balance it out with a mix of rich and subtle neutral shades of color with perhaps just one or two pops of color in the rest of your furniture such as a sunny yellow sofa or a few colorful ornaments on your oak bookshelf.