Home furnishing and decorating should not be seen as two separate enterprises. If you are thinking of furnishing or re-furnishing your home then go for neutral tones and colors. You may not think this is a good idea, you just love that red corner unit, or the blue leather sofa and it will go so well in your living room. The question you have to ask yourself is whether that sofa will look as good if you change the décor in that room.
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on home furnishing and decorating then try it the budget way. Rub down and stain or repaint wooden furniture and add new drawer and door handles You’ll be surprised at the difference that this can make. If you can’t afford a new sofa then why not have it recovered? If you can’t run to professional recovering and you are not confident enough to do it yourself then buy a luxurious throw.
When it comes to furnishings you can make your home look quite different by changing your soft furnishings. A new rug on a hardwood or laminate floor brightens a room enormously. One way of going about home furnishing and decorating on a shoestring budget is to start with your soft furnishings. Buy some new cushions with two-tone or multi-colored covers then pick out one of the colors and use that as a theme for your decorating. If there is a nice blue color in the cushions then get some blue curtains. Paint your living room a neutral color and have a blue feature wall, or whatever color it is that you have chosen. You’ll be surprised at the new slant that this puts on your existing furnishings and how easy it is to coordinate the rest of the room with the soft furnishings.
If you’ve decided it is time to splash out and you have got some money to spend then you need to decide on what type of furnishings you want in your home. Do you want a themed look for example? Some people like a country feel to their furnishings while others like the plain but simple lines of black leather and chrome. It is all a matter of personal choice. The type of furnishings you choose will dictate the way that you decorate. You don’t want walls and doors that clash with your new sofa. Perhaps the best way of going about this is to draw up some plans before you start. You don’t need any particular drawing skills to do this, you just need an idea of the kind of furnishings and décor that you might like.