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How to Choose the Right Colours and Patterns for your Home Furnishings

Home interiors of the 70s, 80s and even 90s had a very distinct look because, back then, there weren't many options for furnishings and décor. Today, it can sometimes feel like there is too much choice!

But there is no need to be overwhelmed by what's on offer; it is just about understanding how to select the right colours and patterns that suit you and your home. Here are our top tips below:

1. Have a look through your home with fresh eyes

The first step is to work through each space in your home and assess what you like and don't like. There will probably be some décor that was considered and other items that were just to 'make do' for some time. So this is where you decide on what will stay and what needs a refresh, and it will give you the all-important starting place for what new items are required.

2. Get creative with a mood board

Mood boards don't have to just be for professional designers. They are a beneficial tool to assist with making all sorts of decisions and getting a real insight into what you like regarding colours and patterns. All you need is a large piece of card, some interior/home magazines, and a few hours to assemble some images of things you like.

3. Understand the rules, and consider breaking them

There are plenty of 'rules' when it comes to designing - dark paint will make a space feel small; everything in a room should match; you can't mix patterns in the same area. But you know what? Rules are made to be broken; in this case, you shouldn't let the worry of not following 'guidelines' affect your choices. Because many of these things can work, when implemented in the right way.

4. Consider the psychology of colour

It's long been understood that colour can dramatically affect our mood. Our innate human senses are at work even when we don't realise it, and the colour of the environment around us is easily responsible for making us feel a certain way. So it is well worth considering this psychology when choosing colours and patterns for our home interiors.

For example, a bedroom is a place for rest, so colours like blue and green 'in the right shade' can be helpful in aiding sleep. Patterns may be too busy for the eye in this space and are probably best left for the living room. However, there is always an exception to the rule, as very minimal and/or nature-inspired patterns could be the perfect fit.

5. Fashion doesn't dictate. You do!

Trends come and go, and you mustn't feel too constrained by them. You don't have to choose something currently 'in' if it doesn't appeal to you. What matters is understanding the look you are trying to achieve and finding the right furnishings to match.

6. Speak to the experts

Never underestimate talking to professionals in the area of interior design, as they may be able to offer you some guidance and provide ideas that you hadn't considered.

At Harrisons Curtains and Blinds, we have a team of experienced consultants that come to you for free so that you can make the right decision in the comfort of your home. Creating a cohesive, personalised look is the key to an interior that you will love to be in, and it's something Harrisons know how to do well.

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